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Mystery surrounds 3-year whereabouts of alligator following zoo bombardment in Berlin

An alligator who survived world war two in Berlin died in a Moscow zoo.

The zoo authorities said that the alligator, named Saturn, died of old age, at around 84 years old. Normally, alligators live between 30 and 50 years in the wild.

Saturn was given as a gift to a zoo in Berlin in 1936 after it was born in the United States, however it escaped from the zoo when it was bombarded in 1943.

British soldiers had found the alligator three years after and donated it to the Soviet Union. However mystery remained on how and where the alligator spend the years on the run.

In the Moscow zoo, the alligator was a popular attraction to visitors since July 1946. The zoo authorities said they were honoured of having cared for Saturn for 74 years.

Stories also surround this animal, with false rumours recalling that this alligator belonged to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. The Moscow zoo had denied these rumours, saying that animals are not part of politics and should not shoulder responsibility for human sins.

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