Turtle that swallowed 1000 coins dies

Veterinarians operated on Bank to remove 915 coins from her stomach

Veterinarians operated on Bank to remove 915 coins from her stomach

Piggy-Bank or "Om Sin" the green turtle passed away on March 21 after complications from surgery to remove almost five kilograms of coins she swallowed during captivity in a public pond, about 110 miles (175km) south-east of Bangkok.

However, Bank mistook the coins for food, eating so many that they eventually formed an 11lb (5kg) weight in her stomach, cracking her shell and causing a life-threatening infection.

A female green sea turtle nicknamed "Bank" has died two weeks after surgery to remove 915 coins she had swallowed after they had been tossed into her pool.

Doctors performed a second operation, but Piggy Bank never woke up.

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Omsin, estimated to be 25 years old, had been rescued by Thai navy personnel who saw her visibly ailing in the seaside town of Sattahip.

The coins were good luck pennies thrown into the pond where the 25-year-old animal lived.

Dr Achariya Sailasuta, a professor at Bangkok's Chulalongkorn University said Bank had died of blood poisoning from the coins she had eaten.

CNN reported that the coins had been tossed into her pool by visitors for good luck. She had a reportedly successful seven-hour surgery, but went into a coma later due to complications, the vet who operated on her said on Facebook.

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After the coins were removed, she developed blood poisoning and serious intestinal problems. When she revealed that the sea turtle had passed, the vet wrote, "Thank you for being my friend...." The first surgery to fix her shell and remove the coins appeared to be successful, but things took a sudden turn for the worse over the weekend.

An emergency corrective operation was conducted but Omsin slipped into a coma after, she said.

After the initial operation, a gap left in Omsin's stomach caused her intestine to become strangled, blocking blood flow.

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