Alligator rumored to be Adolf Hitler’s pet dies

An 84-year-old alligator rumored to belong to Adolf Hitler passed away in Moscow, Russia. The alligator, Saturn, also survived the bombing of Berlin in 1943.

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Image/Moscow Zoo

The alligator was taken to the Soviet capital by British soldiers after escaping the Berlin Zoo in 1943. It has then lived at Moscow Zoo since 1946. “Saturn had a long and varied life,” the zoo said in a statement.

In a tweet, the Moscow Zoo said (rough translation), “Yesterday morning, our Mississippi alligator Saturn died of old age. He was about 84 years old – an extremely respectable age. Moscow Zoo has the honor of keeping Saturn 74 years old. He saw many of us as children. We hope that we did not disappoint him.”

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However, it was never proven that Saturn actually belonged to Hitler. The reason why many think so is that a famous Russian writer, Boris Akunin, suggested that Hitler kept the alligator as a part of his pet collection.

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