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In Pics: 915 coins removed from stomach of sea turtle in Thailand

The coins and other objects removed from the turtle named Omsin - piggy bank in Thai - weighed 5 kg (11 lb). The turtle itself weighed 59 kg (130 lb).

world Updated: Mar 06, 2017 19:49 IST
Screens show a CT scan of Omsin, a 25-year-old female green sea turtle, during a news conference at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.
Screens show a CT scan of Omsin, a 25-year-old female green sea turtle, during a news conference at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.(REUTERS)

Thai veterinarians on Monday removed 915 coins from a 25-year-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 5 kg (11 lb). The turtle itself weighed 59 kg (130 lb).

Omsin, a 25-year-old female green sea turtle, rests next to a tray of coins that were removed from her stomach at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. (REUTERS)

The green sea turtle, living at a conservation centre in Sriracha, Chonburi, east of the Thai capital of Bangkok, had been finding it hard to swim normally because of the weight.

Officers count coins that were removed from the stomach of Omsin, a 25 year old femal green sea turtle, after a surgical operation at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. (REUTERS)

The vets said they believed the seven-hour-long operation was the world’s first such surgery.

Thai veterinarians prepare to operate on Omsin. (REUTERS)

“We think it will take about a month to ensure she will fully recover,” said Nantarika Chansue, of Chulalongkorn University’s veterinary science faculty, adding that the turtle would need six more months of physical therapy.

Thai veterinarians prepare to operate on Omsin. (REUTERS)

There was no immediate estimate of the value of the coins, some of them foreign and many corroded.