Sea turtle to be operated on to remove coins from its stomach

Veterinarians at the Sea Turtle Conservation Centre of the Royal Thai Navy in Sattahip is to conduct a surgery in the next two weeks on a green sea turtle to remove an unspecified number of coins in its stomach in order to safe its life.

The planned surgery of the turtle was posted in the Facebook page of Associate Professor Nantarika Chansue, director of Sea Animal Diseases Control Centre, Faculty of Veterinary of Chulalongkorn University in order to raise fund for the operation.

An official of the Sea Turtle Conservation Centre told Thai PBS news team that the centre received the sick turtle from a farm in Si Racha which was already closed.

He said veterinarians at the centre found something usual on its stomach and subjected it to three-dimensional X-ray examination and found images of coins deposited in the stomach.

The official added that when the turtle was raised in the farm, several visitors threw coins in the pond to make vows and the turtle appeared to have swallowed several coins which are now endangering the animal.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)