An alligator reportedly belonging to Adolf Hitler died in the Moscow Zoo.
The 84-year-old reptile was found in Berlin after World War II by British soldiers and transferred to the Red Army.
The alligator, called Saturn, was brought to the Soviet capital and lived in the Moscow Zoo since 1946.
Known as a pre-war star attraction at the Berlin Zoo in Nazi Germany, the story also circulated that the reptile had been in the Führer’s personal pet collection, as suggested by famed Russian writer Boris Akunin.
Dmitry Vasilyev, a vet at the Moscow Zoo, said there was no doubt that Hitler admired the alligator.
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 captured and shipped to the Berlin Zoo
There is mystery about Saturn’s whereabouts after Berlin was bombed from November 1943.
Three years later, he was finally found by British soldiers.
One theory is that he “hid in basements, dark corners, and sewer drains,” another that he had in the menagerie of an older Nazi.
In the early 1990s, Saturn witnessed the collapse of the Soviet Union and reportedly had “tears in his eyes” when tanks shot the nearby Russian parliament for “reminding him of the bombing of Berlin.”
Saturn was the longest resident of the Moscow Zoo and cheated on death several times.
A slab of concrete fell from the alligator’s aquarium in the 1980s and narrowly missed it.
A cruel visitor threw a stone at his head – requiring months of medical care.
When a new aquarium was built, Saturn went on a hunger strike for four months in protest.
He did the same in 2010 – for a year – but eventually started eating again.
A Moscow Zoo obituary said: “Saturn is an entire era for us.
“This is not the least exaggeration.
He arrived after the victory (in the war) – and celebrated his 75th anniversary.
“It is a great happiness that we can all look into his eyes.
“He saw many of us as children.
“We hope we didn’t disappoint him.”