A sea turtle in Thailand, who rose to Internet fame after veterinarians surgically removed 915 coins from her stomach, died on Tuesday morning. Named “Omsin” which translates to “Piggy Bank” in Thai, the beloved turtle had been expected to live after the surgery performed two weeks ago, but tragically passed away announced the Bangkok Post.
Omsin lived in a turtle pond in the town of Sri Racha where people would toss coins into her pond as a symbol to bring good luck – much like people have done in Trevi Fountain and ponds across the world. The problem with Omsin however – is the turtle had been eating the coins, and yes surgeons counted 915 of them to be exact. They had collected in a heavy ball that cracked her ventral shell leading to an acute infection. A seven-hour surgery followed as surgeons removed the coins one by one.
According to the Chulalongkorn University Facebook page, veterinarians thought she was well on her way to recovery from the March 6 surgery, but on Sunday morning the turtle began to breathe too slowly and was rushed to intensive care where an infection in her intestines was found. A second surgery was not successful.
“We are all very sad,” stated the Nantarika Chansue, the head of the aquatic animal research department. “We tried our best, but due to her physical weakness and multiple complications including toxicity in her blood system, she couldn’t make it.”
In Thailand, turtles are viewed as a symbol of longevity, and even though Reuters reports that vets are planning a necropsy to figure out her exact cause of death, why make it so complicated? How about people stop throwing coins in the pond for turtles to eat? How tragic and so easily avoidable – Omsin was only 25-years-old and could have lived to be 100-years-old!
(Photos of Thailand sea turtle Facebook via Chulalongkorn University)
Oh how stupid these mortals be!
Follow the National Pet Rescue on Facebook.