COIN-EAT­ING

Om­sin fails to heal af­ter 5kg of me­tal re­moved from belly

New Straits Times - - World -

BANGKOK at­tracted in­ter­na­tional media at­ten­tion, and a public clam­our to ease Om­sin’s plight en­sued.

The weight of the money inside her had cracked her un­der­side shell, and threat­ened a fa­tal in­fec­tion.

The cause of death was in­testi­nal ob­struc­tion that blocked Om­sin’s pro­tein in­take, while nickel tox­i­c­ity from the coins dam­aged her im­mune sys­tem, said Dr Roon­groje Thana­wongnuwech, Dean of the Ve­teri­nary School at Bangkok’s Chu­la­longkorn Univer­sity.

The tur­tle had ap­peared to be do­ing well af­ter the op­er­a­tion, but a check-up Satur­day re­vealed prob­lems with her in­testines. Doc­tors per­formed a sec­ond, 2 ½ hour-op­er­a­tion, but Om­sin never woke up and died.

“She at least had the chance to swim freely and eat hap­pily be­fore she passed,” said Dr Nan­tarika Chan­sue, who led the team that re­moved 915 coins weigh­ing 5kg from her stom­ach on March 6. AP This picture taken on Mon­day shows one of the five frozen tigers, which were seized by lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, in the cen­tral prov­ince of Nghe An, Viet­nam. The frozen tigers were dis­cov­ered in a man's freezer with their or­gans re­moved, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial re­ports, in a coun­try seen as a global hub for the il­le­gal wildlife trade. AFP PIC

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Om­sin next to a tray of 915 coins re­moved from her stom­ach at the Chu­la­longkorn Univer­sity in Bangkok.

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