Alligator Saturn, the oldest in the world, died in Moscow last Friday. He had survived the Second World War
He died on Friday, May 22, 2020, at the venerable age of about 84 yearsAmerican alligator Saturn. The news was reported, among the first broadcasters, by BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation).
For more than half a century he lived in one Moscow zoo and has seen some cooked and raw in its long existence.
Survive the Second World War
This large reptile was born in the United States of America, more exactly in the Southern state of the Mississippi (alligator mississipiensis).
It had been given to the Zoologischer Garten of Berlin in 1936. During the Second World War, a large part of the zoo was destroyed by the devastating air raids of the Anglo-Americans.
Out of a total of 3,715 animals, very few survived, among which we can count the Asian elephant Siam, the hippopotamus Knautschke and the chimpanzee Suse.
What had become of Saturn? The alligator had fled his enclosure on November 23, 1943, due to a particularly violent bombing. On this occasion, between 20 and 30 crocodiles and alligators died.
The press reported the incredible news that the streets near theaquarium they were littered with bodies of these incredible reptiles., Not everyone found death. Some, including Saturn, managed to survive by wandering the city in rubble in search of food and shelter.
Nobody could find him until 1946, when a group of British soldiers tracked him down to their area of occupation.
Instead of keeping it to them, the latter decided to hand it over to the Soviet authorities.
Since July 1946, Saturn has been one of the main attractions of the Moscow zoo. Loved by all, Saturn’s death was a serious blow to all visitors to the park, young and old.
Adolf Hitler’s alligator
When he arrived in Moscow, due to his German origin, the poor alligator received the nickname Hitler, only later was he called Saturn. Perhaps also for this reason, the story began to circulate that this alligator had belonged to a sort of menagerie deprived of Adolf Hitler.
This is absolutely false, even if it is true that Hitler was a convinced vegetarian and animal rights activist.
Animals should never be associated with a criminal or madman. They have nothing to do with human follies.