Thailand's coin-eating turtle dies of blood poisoning | Inquirer News
Close  

Thailand’s coin-eating turtle dies of blood poisoning

/ 03:43 PM March 21, 2017
Head of Chulalongkorn University's veterinary medical aquatic animal research center Nantarika Chansue injects saline solution as part of the rehabilitation treatment for 25-year-old green sea turtle "Bank" in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, March 10, 2017. Veterinarians operate on Bank on Monday to remove 915 coins weighing 5 kilograms (11 pounds) from her stomach, which she swallowed after misguided human passers-by tossed coin into her pool for luck in eastern Thailand. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Head of Chulalongkorn University’s veterinary medical aquatic animal research center Nantarika Chansue injects saline solution as part of the rehabilitation treatment for 25-year-old green sea turtle “Bank” in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, March 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

BANGKOK — A 25-year-old sea turtle in Thailand who swallowed nearly a thousand coins tossed by tourists seeking good luck died Tuesday, two weeks after having surgery to remove the coins from its stomach.

The cause of death was blood poisoning from the loose change, said Dr. Achariya Sailasuta, a professor at the veterinary faculty at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University.

ADVERTISEMENT

“She at least had the chance to swim freely and eat happily before she passed,” said Dr. Nantarika Chansue, who removed 5 kilograms (11 pounds) of coins from the turtle’s stomach in an hours-long operation on March 6.

The turtle — nicknamed Bank — appeared to be doing well after the operation, but a checkup Saturday revealed problems with its intestines. Doctors performed a second operation, but Bank never woke up and died Tuesday morning.

FEATURED STORIES

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

Bank lived in a public pond in Chonburi province, about 175 kilometers (110 miles) southeast of Bangkok. The turtle swallowed 915 coins that tourists threw into the pond. Eventually, the money formed a weight that cracked Bank’s shell. JE/rga

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: animal welfare, blood poisoning, coin, coin eating, eating, sea turtle, Thailand, turtle
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.