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ADDS THE UPDATE TO THE SECOND SENTENCE - In this Friday, March 3, 2017 photo, the female green green turtle nicknamed "Bank" swims in a pool at Sea Turtle Conservation Center n Chonburi Province, Thailand.
The 25-year-old sea turtle in Thailand who swallowed nearly a thousand coins tossed by tourists seeking good luck died Tuesday, March 21, 2017, two weeks after having surgery to remove the coins from its stomach.
Nantarika said the international media reports have had the added bonus of making Thais think twice about throwing coins into ponds where animals live.
As of 1996, there is one cupronickel and forty cupronickel-clad-copper commemorative coin series.
Thai culture can be a little strange to outsiders at times, and many Thai customs and traditions take some getting used to.
From men not washing women's underwear to it being bad luck to nap at 6pm, I've heard some weird and wonderful things: not all of them understood by or even heard of by some of the Thais I know.
(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)BANGKOK (AP) — Tourists 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.