Veterinarians in Thailand removed 915 coins, amounting to 11 pounds, from the stomach of a sea turtle. Nicknamed Omsin meaning “piggy bank,” the turtle had been living in a pond in a state park where people threw coins in for good luck. After being moved to a conservation center, she showed signs of distress and was taken to a veterinary clinic. The coins were successfully removed during a four-hour-long procedure, and she seemed to be doing better. However, a week later she died after a second surgery was done to try and repair intestinal damage. Nickel toxicity is thought to have damaged her immune system. Green sea turtles are endangered, and some of their biggest threats are created by humans.
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