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Alligator named Saturn, who is said to have belonged to Hitler, dies at the age of 84 in the Moscow zoo


Alligator named Saturn, who survived World War II in Berlin and is believed to have mistakenly owned Adolf Hitler, dies at the age of 84 in the Moscow zoo

  • Saturn the Alligator survived the Battle of Berlin and was brought to the Moscow Zoo
  • 84-year-old Saturn has died and survived the 75th anniversary of Hitler's defeat
  • The Russian writer Boris Akunin started the rumor that Saturn belonged to Hitler
  • However, there is no evidence that the alligator was the Nazi leader's pet

An alligator who survived the Second World War in Berlin and is said to have wrongly heard Adolf Hitler died at the age of 84 in the Moscow zoo.

The 84-year-old reptile was found by British soldiers in Berlin after the Second World War and handed over to the Red Army.

The alligator named Saturn was brought to the Soviet capital and has lived in the Moscow Zoo since 1946.

Known as a major pre-war attraction at the Berlin Zoo in Nazi Germany, history also circulated that the reptile was in Hitler's personal pet collection, as the famous Russian writer Boris Akunin suggested.

Pictured: Saturn the Alligator in its enclosure in the Moscow Zoo on an undated photo

Pictured: NSDAP leader Adolf Hitler in an undated photo. A story by a Russian writer indicated that Saturn was one of the animals in Hitler's private pet collection

Pictured: NSDAP leader Adolf Hitler in an undated photo. A story by a Russian writer indicated that Saturn was one of the animals in Hitler's private pet collection

Pictured: Berlin Zoo after the Battle of Berlin when Russian troops stormed the German capital

Pictured: Berlin Zoo after the Battle of Berlin when Russian troops stormed the German capital

"Almost immediately after the animal's arrival (in Russia), the myth emerged that it was supposedly in Hitler's collection and not in the Berlin zoo," reported the Interfax news agency. Although it is a widespread rumor, there is no evidence to support the claim.

Dmitri Vasilyev, a Moscow zoo veterinarian, said there was no doubt that Hitler admired the alligator, which was a popular attraction at the Berlin zoo before the war.

Saturn lived until the 75th anniversary of Hitler's defeat earlier this month.

The alligator was born in the wild in Mississippi in 1936 before being caught and shipped to the Berlin Zoo

The whereabouts of Saturn after the bombing of Berlin in November 1943 is puzzling. Three years later, he was finally found by British soldiers.

Pictured: Saturn the Alligator in its enclosure in the Moscow Zoo on an undated photo

Pictured: Saturn the Alligator in its enclosure in the Moscow Zoo on an undated photo

One theory says that he was hiding in basements, dark corners and sewers, another that he was in the menagerie of a high-ranking Nazi.

In the early 1990s, Saturn witnessed the collapse of the Soviets, and reports say he had "tears in his eyes" when Panzer shot the nearby Russian parliament for "reminding him of the bombing of Berlin."

Saturn was the longest resident of the Moscow Zoo and cheated on death several times. A concrete slab fell out of his alligator aquarium in the 1980s and narrowly missed it.

A cruel visitor threw a stone on his head, which required months of medical care.

When a new aquarium was built, Saturn went on a hunger strike for four months in protest. He did the same thing in 2010 – for a year – but eventually started eating again.

An obituary from the Moscow Zoo says: “Saturn is an entire era for us. This is not the slightest exaggeration. He arrived after the victory (in the war) – and had his 75th anniversary.

& # 39; It is very fortunate that each of us could look into each other's eyes. He saw many of us as children. We hope we have not disappointed him. & # 39;

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