|Rare turtle - entertainment news, lawson james blog|
Rare turtle dies after being turned into a living wishing well
Omsin, a 25-year-old female green sea turtle passed away in Thailand on Tuesday, paying the price after years of eating coins thrown at her by humans seeking good luck.
Omsin was found seriously ill at a conservation center in Thailand's Chonburi province, with a stomach full of coins. She was sent to Chulalongkorn University for emergency surgery, after her shell had broken because of the sheer amount of coins inside her. After a seven-hour operation, her rescuers were left stunned when they found there were 915 coins inside her, weighing five kilograms.
Ironically, Omsin means “Piggy Bank” in Thai. Green sea turtles are an endangered species, with 100,000 killed for meat every year in the Indo-Australian archipelago, according to WWF.
From March 13 she was taken to Veterinary Medical Aquatic Animal Research Center in Bangkok and placed in intensive care. However, she finally succumbed to years of human neglect, dying of blood poisoning eight days later.