A 26-year-old British woman who had complained of pain in her abdomen was hospitalized in Spain after doctors found a turtle in her vaginal cavity.
The unnamed British tourist had visited a medical center in Arona, south Tenerife, after starting to feel “odd” after partying with a group of British friends a couple of days earlier, according to source.
The Spanish doctors had quite a surprise when they examined her and saw what was actually happening.
One of the police officers investigating the matter related the incident in an interview with El Mundo:
“The turtle was about the size of an adult fist, and it was completely stuck inside the woman’s vagina.”
Doctors spent more than an hour at the hospital trying to release the turtle from its difficult position before they were eventually able to get the reptile out.
She allegedly said she finally decided to seek medical help on Saturday — but told doctors and police she had “no idea” how the turtle ended up where it did.
It is not known when the turtle died, before or after entering the woman’s body.
Experts have confirmed that the reptile in question was a freshwater turtle of the type sold as pets, although no further details have been given.
Police sources in Tenerife confirmed the story was true and officers had been asked to speak to a British woman about the bizarre discovery.
The source said:
‘This incident did happen and the reports are true. The woman does not know how the reptile ended up where it did and we don’t either.’
Respected national newspapers in Spain have echoed the astonishing story, first reported by papers in Tenerife yesterday.