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World's oldest alligator celebrates 85th birthday

By T.K. Randall
June 20, 2021 · Comment icon 1 comment



Muja arrived in the country in the 1930s. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Novik A.H.
The aged reptile, who currently lives in Serbia's Belgrade Zoo, is thought to be the oldest alligator on Earth.
A popular visitor attraction, Muja has enjoyed a life spanning more than eight decades and has lived through several major events in history including the Second World War.

He was originally brought to Serbia from Germany all the way back in the 1930s.

Incredibly, aside from a bout of gangrene which resulted in him losing his front right claw in 2012, he is still regarded as relatively healthy and has a good appetite, especially for his age.
Although there is no official record of his precise date of birth, Muja is officially recognized as the world's oldest known alligator and it has been confirmed that he is well into his 80s.

Belgrade Zoo, which celebrated his birthday recently, considers his age to be 85.

With the long-lived reptile showing no signs of slowing down, there's every chance that Muja could be celebrating his 90th birthday in another five years' time.



Source: BBC News | Comments (1)


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Comment icon #1 Posted by HandsomeGorilla 1 year ago
As long as they can stay away from humans, as an alligator, you're pretty much good. You have almost no natural predators, and these guys aren't exactly killing machines. Sure, they can get down when it comes down to it, but I'm always asked by guests if our gators are alive lol They're not exactly the most lively beasts in the world, you could probably sit beside one on a riverbank and be at ease with one another Crocs are quite literally a different animal†


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