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The animal had a very long life, as it survived World War II and was rumoured to have belonged to Adolf Hitler.
“On the morning of May 22, our Mississippi crocodile, Saturn, died of old age. He was about 84 years old, an extremely respectable age. In nature, the life expectancy of the representatives of this species is 30 to 50 years, “ said the zoo.
Saturn had a hectic life. The park recalled that the crocodile was born around 1936 in the United States. He was taken to the Berlin Zoo, from where he escaped after the bombing of November 23, 1943.
How Saturn spent the next three years is unknown, but was found by British soldiers in 1946 and taken to the then-Soviet Union Zoo, where he remained for the rest of his life.
The zoo founded in 1864 reported that, after the arrival of the crocodile, the myth immediately arose in the city that it was part of Hitler’s personal collection.
“However, even if, theoretically, it belonged to someone, the animals are not involved in war and politics, it is absurd to blame them for human sins,” the venue said.
Saturn’s keepers reported that the reptile will be immortalized in the Darwin Museum and expressed that it marked an entire era for them. “He saw many of us as children. We hope we have not disappointed you”, they wrote.
Source: Diario de Mexico