Tur­tle swal­lowed 915 coins

New Straits Times - - World -

Vet­eri­nar­i­ans yes­ter­day re­moved 915 coins from a 25year-old sea tur­tle which had been swal­low­ing items thrown into her pool for good luck, even­tu­ally lim­it­ing her abil­ity to swim.

The coins and other ob­jects re­moved from the tur­tle named Om­sin — piggy bank in Thai — weighed 5kg. The tur­tle, liv­ing at a con­ser­va­tion cen­tre in Sriracha, Chon­buri, east of here, weighed 59kg.

The vets said they be­lieved the seven-hour oper­a­tion was the world’s first such surgery, adding that it would take about a month to en­sure the tur­tle would re­cover.

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