Adolf Hitler`s `rumoured` alligator dies in Moscow

Cheryl Sanders
May 24, 2020

After surviving bombings in World War Two, roaming the streets of Berlin for years and even being accused of belonging to Adolf Hitler, the hardy alligator called Saturn has died.

"Our Mississippi alligator Saturn has died of old age", Moscow Zoo announced on social media on Saturday.

The British chose to hand the animal over to the Soviet Union and this is how Saturn arrived in Moscow, where he would go on to spend the next 74 years.

"Almost immediately, the myth was born that he was allegedly in the collection of Hitler and not in the Berlin Zoo", the zoo said in a statement.

Alligators in general live to between 30 and 50 if they're healthy and avoid getting killed by some other factor than age.

The most headline grabbing detail is the rumour that Saturn had belonged in Hitler's personal collection, which is untrue. But when the zoo was being bombed during World War II in 1943, it escaped the zoo and survived the blast.

"Saturn represents a whole epoch for us - and that's not an exaggeration".

This image shows the alligator rumoured to have been Hitler's, May 24, 2020.

Saturn has been hailed as "Surely one of the great 20th century alligator" to have ever lived.

Moscow Zoo dismissed such reports, noting that animals "do not belong to politics and mustn't be held responsible for human sins".

So, since 1946, the alligator has been housed in the Moscow Zoo and has become one of the most visited animals in the zoo for the last 74 years.

But Saturn was a bit of an escape artist. He saw most of us as children. On the night of 22-23 November, the Tiergarten district in Berlin was decimated, which was where the city's zoo was located.

Thousands of people were killed or injured and numerous zoo's animals perished too. "We hope that we did not disappoint him".

The zoo's aquarium building took a direct hit.

It's reported he will now be stuffed and exhibited in Moscow's popular museum of biology named after Charles Darwin.

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