Alligator rumored to be Hitler's dies

World | AGENCIES 25 May 2020

An alligator that many people believe once belonged to Adolf Hitler has died in the Moscow Zoo.

The alligator, named Saturn, was about 84 years old when it died on Friday, the zoo said.

Saturn was born in the United States and later sent to the Berlin Zoo, from which he escaped when the zoo was bombed in 1943. His whereabouts were unknown until 1946, when British soldiers found him and gave him to the Soviet Union, the zoo said.

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

Keeping Saturn, who was a picky eater and liked being massaged with a brush, had been an honor, the zoo said.

Saturn lived on to celebrate at the zoo the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany.

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