84-year-old alligator rumored to have been Hitler's dies in Moscow

May 24 2020

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Saturn escaped from Berlin Zoo when it was bombed in 1943 and was found in 1946 by British soldiers. — Photo courtesy NZHerald
Saturn escaped from Berlin Zoo when it was bombed in 1943 and was found in 1946 by British soldiers. — Photo courtesy NZHerald

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

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

According to the zoo, 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 in a statement.

But, it noted, animals are not involved in war and politics and it is absurd to blame them for human sins.