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Thailand’s coin-eating turtle unconscious after 2nd surgery

/ 01:44 PM March 21, 2017
In this Friday, March 3, 2017 photo, the female green green turtle nicknamed "Bank" swims in a pool at Sea Turtle Conservation Center n Chonburi Province, Thailand.  A Thai veterinarian says the 25-year-old sea turtle has slipped into a coma two weeks after it had life-saving surgery to remove 915 coins from its stomach. Tourists seeking good fortune had tossed loose change into a public pond where the turtle lived in Chonburi province, outside Bangkok. Eventually, the money formed a 5-kilogram (11-pound) weight that cracked Bank’s shell. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

In this Friday, March 3, 2017 photo, the female green green turtle nicknamed “Bank” swims in a pool at Sea Turtle Conservation Center n Chonburi Province, Thailand. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

BANGKOK — A Thai veterinarian says a 25-year-old sea turtle has slipped into a coma two weeks after it had life-saving surgery to remove 915 coins from its stomach.

Tourists seeking good fortune had tossed loose change into a public pond where the turtle — nicknamed Bank — lived in Chonburi province, about 175 kilometers (110 miles) southeast of Bangkok. Eventually, the money formed a 5-kilogram (11-pound) weight that cracked Bank’s shell.

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READ: Surgeons remove 915 coins swallowed by Thai sea turtle

Veterinarian Nantarika Chansue removed the coins March 6 in an hours-long operation. But a checkup Saturday revealed problems with the turtle’s intestines and doctors performed a second operation.

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In a Facebook posting Monday, the veterinarian said Bank had not woken up since the operation and was in “very serious” condition.

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