11 Mar '17, 11pm

Hundreds of Coins Did Not Bring Good Luck to This Sea Turtle

Hundreds of Coins Did Not Bring Good Luck to This Sea Turtle

For at least 20 years, visitors to a pond in Sri Racha, Thailand, have tossed coins at a green sea turtle who lived there. According to tradition, sharing their wealth would make the coin-tossers live as long as the turtle – around 80 years. While it’s unknown whether all those people were blessed with longevity, what’s certain is that all those coins had the opposite effect on the 25-year-old sea turtle. They almost cut her life way too short. In February, rescuers removed the dying sea turtle – whom they named Omsin, which is Thai for “piggy bank” – from the pond outside an abandoned building. What was a sea turtle doing in a pond? This is not unusual in Asia where, according to another ancient tradition, Buddhists carry out “mercy releases” to free captive animals. It began back in the 3rd century, according to National Geographic , when a Buddhist leader in China was w...

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