Thai 'piggy bank' turtle in coma after operation to remove coins

Concerns rose among Thais after the green sea turtle named Omsin, "piggy bank" in Thai, was rushed to an intensive care unit on Sunday night.
Concerns rose among Thais after the green sea turtle named Omsin, "piggy bank" in Thai, was rushed to an intensive care unit on Sunday night.PHOTO: EPA

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - A 25-year-old sea turtle in Thailand has slipped into a coma after an operation to remove 915 coins from her stomach earlier this month.

The green sea turtle named Omsin, "piggy bank" in Thai, had been finding it hard to swim normally after swallowing 5kg of coins thrown into her pool for good luck.

Omsin underwent a seven-hour-long operation earlier this month, but concerns rose among Thais after she was rushed to an intensive care unit on Sunday night (March 19).

 

"She is in a coma and breathes very slowly," one of the veterinarians taking care of Omsin told Reuters. "There's a chance of survival if she can make it through tonight."

Dr Nantarika Chansue from Chulalongkorn University's veterinary science faculty urged people to pray for Omsin in a Facebook post on Monday.