Nazi Leader Adolf Hitler Had a Pet Alligator, Saturn: Fact Check


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Nazi Leader Adolf Hitler had a Pet Alligator Called Saturn

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Hitler had a pet alligator named Saturn, now age 85, that Russians were gifted by British government and it still lives and can be seen in Moscow Zoo.

Fact Check:

Various picture messages popular online since many years allege to show Nazi Leader Adolf Hitler had a Pet Alligator. They say British government gifted the now 85 year old Saturn to Russians and is still there in Moscow Zoo. Hitler did not have any pet alligator – it is a popular urban myth. So, the claim as such is a hoax with some valid information explained here.

Saturn Not Hitler’s Pet Alligator

Saturn was an American alligator born in Mississippi, later gifted to Berlin Zoological Garden (Germany) in 1936. He escaped during World War II bombing in 1943 and did not appear until 1946. British soldiers found Saturn and gave him to the Soviet Union (Russians). Reportedly, during Saturn’s stay in Berlin, Hitler used to enjoy visiting the zoo and may have viewed and liked the alligator. However, Saturn was never Hitler’s personal pet alligator. In a statement, Moscow Zoo also explained about the urban myth saying Saturn was in the collection of Hitler and not in the Berlin Zoo, which is not true.

Nazi propaganda portrayed Hitler as an animal lover, featuring his beloved German Shepherd Blondi. The myth about the Hitler and his pet alligator surfaced again after Saturn died on 22nd May 2020 in Moscow Zoo at the age of about 84 years. The Moscow Zoo shared the sad news on their Twitter page.

Hoax or Fact:

Hoax with some valid information.

References:

Berlin WW2 bombing survivor Saturn the alligator dies in Moscow Zoo
Adolf Hitler’s ‘pet’ alligator Saturn dies in Moscow Zoo


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