Police launch sexual assault investigation as doctor found dead turtle in woman’s vagina

Spanish police launched a sexual assault investigation after doctors found a dead turtle inside a woman’s vagina on Saturday.

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The unidentified British woman was taken to hospital in Tenerife, Spain, after experiencing severe abdominal pain. Doctors diagnosed the pain as a serious infection caused in the genitals by the Chinese three-keeled pond turtle.

According to Spanish news outlet El Pais, the doctors alerted the police fearing it was a case of sexual assault.



The woman, who was on a holiday in Spain, told the police she started feeling strange after partying with a group of friends on Thursday. However, she added, she did not remember what happened that night.

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The 26-year-old decided to seek medical help but did not have any idea how the turtle ended up in her vagina. It was also unknown if the reptile died before or after entering the woman’s body, officials 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,” a police source said, adding, “The duty doctors inspected her and saw that her discomfort was due to the fact that the woman, who lives on the island, had a dead turtle inside her vagina which had caused a serious infection.”

According to local reports, the woman insisted she did not want authorities to investigate the incident further and police have halted their probe pending new information.

Researchers initially believed the creature was a loggerhead sea turtle because they were indigenous to the Canary Islands archipelago; however, it was confirmed later the reptile was indeed a Chinese pond turtle, which was sold around the world in pet stores and can grow up to 12 inches in length.

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