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PUBLISHED: Mar 20, 2017 9:11pm

Prayers urged for Thai turtle which swallowed 5kg in coins

Thai veterinarians prepare to operate on Omsin, a 25 year old femal green sea turtle, to remove coins from her stomach at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand March 6, 2017. The Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University/Handout via REUTERS

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BANGKOK, 20 March 2017: 

A 25-year-old sea turtle in Thailand slipped into a coma yesterday 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 last night.

“She is in a coma and breathes very slowly,” said one of the veterinarians taking care of Omsin.

“There’s a chance of survival if she can make it through tonight.”

Nantarika Chansue, of Chulalongkorn University’s veterinary science faculty, urged people to pray for Omsin in a Facebook post today.

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