Alligator rumored to have been Hitler’s dies in Moscow

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Paul von Hindenburg, Adolf Hitler

FILE – In this May 1, 1933 file photo German President Paul von Hindenburg, left, and Adolf Hitler, right, sit in a car during a labor day celebration in Berlin. The Berlin state government on Thursday struck the Prussian aristocrat Paul von Hindenburg off of its honorary citizen list, citing his act as president in 1933 of appointing Hitler as chancellor, the dpa news agency reported. Hindenburg was elected president in 1925 and served in that role until his death in 1934. (AP Photo)

MOSCOW (AP) — An alligator that many people believe once belonged to Adolf Hitler has died in the Moscow Zoo.

The zoo said the alligator, named Saturn, was about 84 years old when died on Friday.

According to the zoo, Saturn was born in the United States and later sent to the Berlin Zoo, from which he escaped when the zoo was bombed in 1943. His whereabouts were unknown until 1946, when British soldiers found him and gave him to the Soviet Union, the zoo said.

“Almost immediately, the myth was born that he was allegedly in the collection of Hitler and not in the Berlin Zoo,” the zoo said in a statement.

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