Last Saturday, an unnamed woman suffered from an inexplicable pain in her lower abdomen and checked herself into an emergency room.
What doctors found as the source of her discomfort was absolutely the last thing anyone could imagine.
Her pain was due to an infection caused by a dead turtle found inside the woman's vagina.
Spanish publication site El Dia claimed that doctors at a Mojón de Arona medical center south of the Canary Island of Tenerife called the local police after making the unsettling discovery.
"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."
El País reports a 26-year British woman has had a dead Chinese pond turtle removed from her vagina by doctors after… https://t.co/xT8u4n0Sxn— Matthew Bennett (@Matthew Bennett)1537532823.0
The 26-year-old British expat told police she had been partying with other British friends a few nights earlier at Fañabé beach, but had no recollection as to how the dead reptile wound up lodged inside her that night, according to El Pais.
@ladbible How can you not know how it happened 🤦🏼♀️— Nicole Pickles (@Nicole Pickles)1537480129.0
Now I have something to digest and occupy my weekend! Happy Friday. British woman in Tenerife found with turtle in… https://t.co/fF8C6nu0Np— Ryan (@Ryan)1537560776.0
But police sense foul play, as it is not plausible that the reptile made its way inside the woman on its own.
Authorities theorize that either she or someone else placed the Chinese pond turtle inside her body. It remains unclear whether the turtle was dead or alive when it entered her.
@DailyMailUK @MailOnline I cannot believe what is happening in our world. A cruel one at that 😢— Lynette (@Lynette)1537517584.0
In all seriousness, the fact that she doesn't remember how it got there is very troubling for many reasons. I truly hope that she is okay.— Katie Wedemeyer-Strombel (@Katie Wedemeyer-Strombel)1537561390.0
Analysis showed that the turtle was a freshwater species often found in pet shops.
El Pais confirmed that the extracted reptile was not a tortoise, but a baby turtle, which can grow up to 18 centimeters (3.15 inches) once matured.
The woman chose not to file a complaint and did not confirm nor deny she might have been the victim of sexual assault.
Sexual assault investigation launched after Spanish doctors find a TURTLE inside a British woman's vagina https://t.co/VBK6CwiSBa— Daily Mail U.K. (@Daily Mail U.K.)1537517180.0
@TannerLondon @DailyMailUK i force myself believing it's fake news, it is fake it is fake news it is fake news 😳— Not.da.one. (@Not.da.one.)1537518563.0
The El Pais report said that the public prosecutor in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is still collecting evidence in the case after the police closed their investigation.
Nuestra Señora de La Candelaria Hospital simultaneously started an investigation after photos of the bloodied reptile extracted from the woman's body began circulating on the WhatsApp communications app.
Cadena SER reports health authorities have opened an investigation after the photo of the dead turtle was leaked. https://t.co/kx3aIYzBcM— Matthew Bennett (@Matthew Bennett)1537533016.0
this story haunts me. https://t.co/wrjJmnxs5c— 𝕹𝖎𝖈𝖔𝖑𝖊 𝕸. (@𝕹𝖎𝖈𝖔𝖑𝖊 𝕸.)1537560826.0
Sometimes I’m thankful to be locked away from society #itcouldhavebeenme https://t.co/WusipDW2D9— Fiji the turtle 🐢 (@Fiji the turtle 🐢)1537467090.0
The New York Post reported that none of the hospital staff members could be reached for further comments when The Sun Online tried reaching out.