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US News Alligator called Saturn who survived World War Two in Berlin and was wrongly rumoured to have belonged to Adolf Hitler dies at Moscow Zoo aged 84

02:25  24 may  2020
02:25  24 may  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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An alligator who survived World War Two in Berlin and was rumoured - wrongly - to have belonged to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler has died in Moscow Zoo . "Yesterday morning, our Mississippi alligator Saturn died of old age . He was about 84 years old - an extremely respectable age ," the zoo

Saturn who survived World War Two in Berlin and was wrongly rumoured to have belonged to Adolf Hitler dies at Moscow Zoo aged 84 . Russian writer Boris Akunin started the rumour that Saturn belonged to Hitler . However, there is no proof to suggest the alligator was the Nazi leader's

Alligator called Saturn © Daily Mail Alligator called Saturn

An alligator who survived WWII in Berlin and was wrongly rumoured to have belonged to Adolf Hitler has died at Moscow Zoo at the age of 84. The 84-year-old reptile was found by British soldiers in Berlin after the Second World War and handed to the Red Army. Called Saturn, the alligator was taken to the Soviet capital and has lived at Moscow Zoo since 1946.

Known to have been a pre-war star attraction at Berlin Zoo in Nazi Germany, the story also circulated that the reptile had been in Hitler's personal pet collection, as suggested by famous Russian writer Boris Akunin.  

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The reptile, named Saturn , was found by British soldiers in Berlin after World War Two . The reptile has died at the age of 84 at the Moscow zooCredit Saturn died at the Russian capital’s zoo — where it had been an attraction since 1946. The alligator was born in the wild in Mississippi in 1936

Adolf Hitler (German: [ˈadɔlf ˈhɪtlɐ] (listen); 20 April 1889 – 30 April 1945) was a German politician and leader of the Nazi Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei; NSDAP).

a large reptile in the water: Pictured: Saturn the alligator at his enclosure at Moscow Zoo in an undated photograph © Provided by Daily Mail Pictured: Saturn the alligator at his enclosure at Moscow Zoo in an undated photograph

'Almost immediately after the arrival of the animal [in Russia], the myth appeared that it was supposedly in Hitler's collection, and not in the Berlin zoo,' Interfax news agency reported. Despite being a widespread rumour, there is no proof to support the claim.  

Dmitry Vasilyev, a Moscow zoo veterinarian, said there was no doubt that Hitler admired the alligator, who was a popular attraction at the zoo in Berlin 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 Berlin Zoo

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a group of people standing in front of a building: Pictured: Berlin Zoo in the aftermath of the battle of Berlin, when Russian forces stormed the German capital © Provided by Daily Mail Pictured: Berlin Zoo in the aftermath of the battle of Berlin, when Russian forces stormed the German capital There is mystery over the Saturn's whereabouts after Berlin was bombed from November 1943. He was eventually found by British soldiers three years later. One theory is he 'hid in basements, dark corners and sewage drains', another that he was in the menagerie of a senior Nazi.

In the early 1990s, Saturn witnessed the Soviet collapse and reports said he had 'tears in his eyes' when tanks shot the nearby Russian parliament because it 'reminded him of the bombing of Berlin'. Saturn was the longest resident of Moscow Zoo, several times cheating death. A slab of concrete fell from his the alligator's aquarium in the 1980s narrowly missing him.

a man wearing a uniform: Pictured: Nazi party leader Adolf Hitler in an undated photograph. A story by a Russian writer suggested that Saturn was one of the animals in Hitler's private pet collection © Provided by Daily Mail Pictured: Nazi party leader Adolf Hitler in an undated photograph. A story by a Russian writer suggested that Saturn was one of the animals in Hitler's private pet collection A cruel visitor threw a stone at his head - requiring months of medical care. When a new aquarium was built, Saturn went on hunger strike for four months in protest. He did the same in 2010 - for a year - but eventually started eating again.

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An obituary by Moscow Zoo said: 'Saturn is a whole era for us. This is not the slightest exaggeration. He arrived after the Victory (in the war) - and met its 75th anniversary. 'It is a great happiness that each of us could look into his eyes. He saw many of us as children. We hope we did not disappoint him.'

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