One thing is for certain in this world – if you there’s a pond in a popular area, they (tourists) will come and throw coins in it. In most cases, throwing coins into a pond seems like it’s not that big of a deal, which in many cases it isn’t. Unless there happens to be an animal living in that pond that loves to eat shiny things.

That’s the case for this 25-year-old Thai sea turtle that was discovered in a pond in Si Racha town in Thailand.

CT scans revealed that Bank (the nickname for the turtle) had a 7.8 x 9 x 11 in. lump of coins in her body, which was causing her ventral shell (her belly) to crack, swell and become infected. She also had a fish hook in her intestine.

She was taken to Chulalongkorn University to be treated.

The coins are estimated to total a staggering total of 2,000 baht, which is the equivalent of $57.37. That’s an insane amount of anything to have stuck inside an animals insides that’s slowly killing them.

“The pain was slowly torturing the poor creature,” said Nantarika Chansue, the associate professor at Chulalongkorn University.

Bank would’ve certainly died had she not been found. Here’s to hoping she has a speedy recovery.


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