Thai ‘piggy-bank’ turtle that swallowed 915 coins dies of blood poisoning

  • The Thai ‘piggy-bank’ turtle died on Tuesday
  • It died two weeks after the operation where nearly 1,000 coins were extracted from its stomach
  • The cause of death is blood poisoning

The ‘piggy-bank’ turtle which became an internet sensation after nearly 1,000 coins were extracted from its stomach died on Tuesday, March 21, or two weeks after the operation.

Aptly nicknamed ‘Omsin’, meaning ‘Bank’ in Thai, the reptile swallowed 915 coins and was operated on last March 6 where almost 5 kilos of coins were recovered.

On Monday, ‘Omsin’ slipped into coma after being rushed to an animal intensive care unit (ICU) at a veterinary clinic in Chonburi Province the day before.

Dr. Achariya Sailasuta, a professor at the veterinary faculty at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University, said the cause of death was blood poisoning.

“She at least had the chance to swim freely and eat happily before she passed,” said Dr. Nantarika Chansue who removed the coins from Omsin’s belly.

Omsin was thought to be doing well after the operation but problem with its intestines were revealed after a check-up. A second surgery was performed on the animal but it never regained consciousness since.

It died around 10:30 pm on Tuesday at 25 years old.

Omsin lived the most part of its life in a pond in Chinburi province where people threw coins for good luck.

Video of Omsin’s previous operation: