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Surgeons Remove 915 Coins Swallowed by Thai Sea Turtle

The loose change eventually formed an 11-pound ball in her stomach

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    Surgeons Remove 915 Coins Swallowed by Thai Sea Turtle
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    In this Friday, March 3, 2017 photo, the female green green turtle nicknamed "Bank" swims in a pool at Sea Turtle Conservation Center n Chonburi Province, Thailand. Veterinarians operated Monday, March 6, 2017, on "Bank," removing more than 900 coins from the endangered animal. Her indigestible diet was a result of many tourists seeking good fortune tossing coins into her pool over many years in the eastern town of Sri Racha.

    Tossing coins in a fountain for luck is a popular superstition, but a similar belief brought misery to a sea turtle in Thailand from whom doctors have removed 915 coins.

    Veterinarians in Bangkok operated Monday on the female green turtle nicknamed "Bank," whose indigestible diet was a result of many tourists seeking good fortune tossing coins into her pool over many years in the eastern town of Sri Racha.

    Many Thais believe that throwing coins on turtles will bring longevity.

    The loose change eventually formed a heavy ball in her stomach weighing 11 pounds. The weight cracked the turtle's ventral shell, causing a life-threatening infection.

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    Five surgeons from Chulalongkorn University's veterinary faculty patiently removed the coins over four hours while "Bank" was under general anesthesia.