Thailand's coin-eating turtle dies of blood poisoning

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Head of Chulalongkorn University’s veterinary medical aquatic animal research center Nantarika Chansue injects saline solution as part of the rehabilitation treatment for 25-year-old green sea turtle “Bank” in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP)
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Head of Chulalongkorn University’s veterinary medical aquatic animal research center Nantarika Chansue injects saline solution as part of the rehabilitation treatment for 25-year-old green sea turtle “Bank” in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP)
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Head of Chulalongkorn University’s veterinary medical aquatic animal research center Nantarika Chansue injects saline solution as part of the rehabilitation treatment for 25-year-old green sea turtle “Bank” in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP)
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Head of Chulalongkorn University’s veterinary medical aquatic animal research center Nantarika Chansue injects saline solution as part of the rehabilitation treatment for 25-year-old green sea turtle “Bank” in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP)
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Head of Chulalongkorn University’s veterinary medical aquatic animal research center Nantarika Chansue injects saline solution as part of the rehabilitation treatment for 25-year-old green sea turtle “Bank” in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP)
Updated 21 March 2017
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Thailand's coin-eating turtle dies of blood poisoning

BANGKOK : Tourists in eastern Thailand used to toss coins at a green sea turtle that lived in a pond in eastern Thailand, wishing for luck and longevity. But swallowing the shiny tidbits turned out to be a death sentence for the reptile.
After having nearly a thousand coins removed from its stomach in a four-hour operation two weeks ago, the turtle — nicknamed "Omsin," or "Piggy Bank," — died Tuesday.
Omsin, estimated to be 25 years old, had been rescued by Thai navy personnel who saw her visibly ailing in the seaside town of Sattahip. She was then examined by a veterinarian, who found the coins inside her stomach.
The story attracted international media attention, and a public clamor to ease Omsin's plight ensued. The weight of the money inside her had cracked her underside shell, and threatened a fatal infection.
The cause of death was intestinal obstruction that blocked Omsin's protein intake, while nickel toxicity from the coins damaged her immune system, said Dr. Roongroje Thanawongnuwech, dean of the veterinary school at Bangkok's Chulalongkorn University.
The turtle had appeared to be doing well after the operation, but a checkup Saturday revealed problems with her intestines. Doctors performed a second, 2 1/2 hour-operation, but Omsin never woke up and died Tuesday morning.
"She at least had the chance to swim freely and eat happily before she passed," said Dr. Nantarika Chansue, who led the team that removed 915 coins weighing 5 kilograms (11 pounds) from her stomach .


‘French Spiderman’ climbs Paris skyscraper harness-free

Updated 25 March 2019
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‘French Spiderman’ climbs Paris skyscraper harness-free

  • Climb was done to help to raise funds for the renovation of Notre-Dame cathedral
  • Robert has climbed more than 100 structures including the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and Burj al Khalifa in Dubai

PARIS: Dubbed the “French Spiderman,” Alain Robert scaled a skyscraper in Paris on Friday without a harness to raise funds for the renovation of Notre-Dame cathedral.
Television images showed the 56-year-old using horizontal struts running up the Engie headquarters’ curved facade and a protruding structure going top-to-bottom of the 185-meter glass-fronted building in La Defense business district
Robert halted regularly to chalk his hands.
He was arrested shortly after completing the climb.
“Because there’s no money left in the government coffers, the cathedral is falling into disrepair,” he said ahead of the climb. His sponsors were writing a cheque of €5,000 ($5,650) to help finance the renovations, he added.
During the stunt, bystanders at the bottom pointed smartphones toward clear blue skies as wispy clouds raced overheard in blustery winds.
Robert has climbed more than 100 structures including the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and Burj al Khalifa in Dubai, as well as the same tower in Paris in 2016.
The Archbishop of Paris is on a drive to raise more than €100 million to save Notre-Dame’s crumbling gargoyles and gothic arches.