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Alligator rumoured to have been Adolf Hitler's dies in Moscow

Born in the United States in 1936, he was moved to the Berlin zoo where he escaped on November 23, 1943, after a bombing raid that killed several of his fellow reptiles.

Published: 24th May 2020 05:32 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th May 2020 05:34 PM   |  A+A-

The zoo said the alligator, named Saturn, was about 84 years old when died on Friday. (Photo| AFP)

The zoo said the alligator, named Saturn, was about 84 years old when died on Friday. (Photo| AFP)

By Associated Press

MOSCOW: An alligator that many people believe once belonged to 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.”

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