The diet of a sea turtle does is not supposed to include coins or fish hooks, something Bank, a female green sea turtle from Thailand, found to its cost recently.
Vets in Bangkok operated on Bank on Monday, after she was brought to their attention with a cracked ventral shell, which had led to a infection that threatened the turtle’s life.
These injuries were caused by five kilograms of coins found inside the turtle – passers-by had thrown them into Bank’s pool, something which is supposed to bring good luck, but the 25-year-old turtle decided to eat them.
Having eaten so much loose change, the weight of the coins caused the crack in Bank’s shell.
After a four-hour operation, during which the turtle was anaesthetised, the vets managed to remove an astonishing 915 coins and two fish hooks.
Pasakorn Briksawan, from the surgical team, said: “The result is satisfactory. Now it’s up to Bank how much she can recover.”
The turtle was brought to vets by the navy, who found her in a bad way, while the public raised money to help pay for her surgery, collecting around £350 for the procedure.