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A sea turtle in Thailand recently had surgery due to a stomach ache that was soon found to be cause by coins. The turtle has now been nicknamed Banks due to the unfortunate event of having to get surgery because coins were in her stomach. In fact, the turtle began swallowing the coins because tourists would throw money in her pool that was located in a conservation center. It is believed in Thailand that if you throw coins on a turtle it will bring long life. However, these people didn’t know that it would actually cause a five pound ball to form in Banks stomach. All this weight would eventually form a crack in her shell that would cause a life threatening infection. At Chulalongkorn University, five surgeons removed the coins and it took over four hours. ┬áMoreover, bank was under anesthesia while the surgery was happening and the doctors encountered a problem when the process began. They had made a 4 inch cut but there were so many coins that they had to be taken out in little bunches. The leader of the surgery was not very happy about what happened to the turtle because she felt as if it was the people’s fault even if they didn’t mean to hurt the turtle. The surgeon felt as if they did it without thinking.

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  1. Jose on May 22nd, 2017 1:19 pm

    Poor turtle, I want to keep it as a pet. I feel so bad, maybe those people did it without thinking.

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