An alligator rumoured to have belonged to Adolf Hitler have been preserved after dying this year at Moscow zoo.
The 84 yer old reptile was found by British soldiers in Berlin after World War II and passed to the red army.
Named Saturn, the alligator was taken to the Soviet capital in 1946 and became an icon of Moscow zoo for generations of children.
The beast skin was Donated to the city's Darwin Museum and after the work by taxidermists the reptile will go on display in th New Year when Covid-19 restrictions are eased.
No reptile of the museum has such a rich biography.
'Moscow Zoo entrusted us with perpetuating the memory of the alligator Saturn.
'He was, without exaggeration, a legend of the zoo and had seen a lot in his lifetime.'
Museum official Dmitry Miloserdov said it was 'the second birth of Saturn - the story of how 'Hitler's alligator' became immortal.'