84-year old Alligator has died

From vg.no today:

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THE ALLIGATOR WHO ESCAPED FROM ZOO BERLIN DURING WORLD WAR II IS DEAD

An 84-year-old alligator with an unusual life story has died in a Moscow zoo.

The alligator Saturn died of old age, says animal warden in the Russian capital. He was unusually old. Wild alligators usually live between 30 and 50 years old, according to a statement from the zoo where the alligator lived most of his life.

Saturn was born in the United States around 1936, and from there was brought to Zoo Berlin. There, the 3.5-meter-long beast escaped on November 23, 1943. For two years, it survived on its own at the end of the war, while the bombs rained on the German capital and Allied soldiers finally defeated Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime.

Eventually, however, British soldiers discovered the reptile, and Saturn ended up captive again. In July 1946, the alligator was brought to Moscow.

After the war, a myth arose that Saturn had belonged to Hitler, says the Moscow Zoo. However, there is nothing to substantiate the rumor, which is also prevalent in Germany.

  • Although it could have belonged in theory, no animals are involved in war and politics, the statement says, where the zoo writes that it has been an honor to hold Saturn for 74 years. (NTB)
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