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Hoard of coins extracted from sea turtle

Image: Omsin, a 25 year old femal green sea turtle, rests next to a tray of coins that were removed from her stomach after a surgical operation at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, March 6, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

BANGKOK (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).

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

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

“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.

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

Thai veterinarians operate on Omsin, a 25 year old femal green sea turtle, to remove coins from her stomach at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand March 6, 2017. The Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University/Handout via REUTERSThai veterinarians prepare to operate on Omsin, a 25 year old femal green sea turtle, to remove coins from her stomach at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand March 6, 2017. The Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University/Handout via REUTERSThai veterinarians prepare to operate on Omsin, a 25 year old femal green sea turtle, to remove coins from her stomach at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand March 6, 2017. The Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University/Handout via REUTERSA Thai veterinarian checks Omsin, a 25 year old femal green sea turtle, after a surgical operation to remove coins from her stomach at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand March 6, 2017. REUTERS/Athit PerawongmethaOmsin, a 25 year old femal green sea turtle, rests after a surgical operation to remove coins from her stomach at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand March 6, 2017. REUTERS/Athit PerawongmethaScreen show Thai veterinarians operate Omsin, a 25 year old femal green sea turtle, during a surgical operation to remove coins from her stomach, during a news conference at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand March 6, 2017. REUTERS/Athit PerawongmethaScreens show a CT scan of Omsin, a 25 year old femal green sea turtle, during a news conference at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand March 6, 2017. REUTERS/Athit PerawongmethaOfficers 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, Thailand March 6, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

(Reporting by Juarawee Kittisilpa; Editing by Matthew Tostevin and Clarence Fernand ez)
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