An 84-year-old alligator believed to belong to the Nazi tyrant Adolf Hitler died at the Moscow Zoo at the age of 84.
British soldiers reportedly found the reptile in Berlin after the end of World War II before handing it over to the Soviet Union’s army.
Saturn, the alligator, was then brought to the capital of the Soviet Union, now in Russia, and has lived in the zoo since 1946.
He is believed to have been a major crowd puller in Berlin before the outbreak of the war.
It even started to circulate that the alligator was one of Hitler’s own pets, according to Russian writer Boris Akunin.
Dmitry Vasilyev, a vet at the Moscow Zoo, said that Hitler undoubtedly 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 a 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.
And later, a cruel visitor threw a stone at his head – for which he needed months of medical care.
When a new aquarium was built, Saturn stopped eating for four months, apparently 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.”