Saturn, the alligator that is rumored to have once belonged to Adolf Hitler, died of old age Friday.
“Moscow Zoo has the honor of keeping Saturn 74 years,” the zoo said in a statement. “For us Saturn was an entire era, and that’s without the slightest exaggeration… He saw many of us as children. We hope that we did not disappoint him.”
According to the zoo, Saturn was born in the United States in 1936 and was given to the Berlin Zoo as a gift. In 1943, Saturn escaped the Berlin zoo after it was bombed. “His whereabouts were unknown until 1946, when British soldiers found him and gave him to the Soviet Union,” the zoo said.
After the discovery, the zoo said, “almost immediately, the myth was born that he was allegedly in the collection of Hitler and not in the Berlin Zoo.”
Fox News reported, citing BBC, “Saturn will be given to Moscow’s Darwin Museum, where his taxidermed remains will be put on exhibit.”
Вчера утром наш миссисипский аллигатор Сатурн умер от старости. Ему было около 84 лет – крайне почтенный возраст. Московскому зоопарку выпала честь содержать Сатурна 74 года. Он видел многих из нас детьми. Надеемся, что мы его не разочаровали. pic.twitter.com/UigsB8xwBv
— Московский Зоопарк (@moscowzoo) May 23, 2020