Watch: The world’s oldest captive alligator celebrates 85th birthday at Belgrade Zoo

Muja, the world’s oldest captive alligator, recently celebrated his 85th birthday and photos and videos of him are circulating the internet.

While the average lifespan of an alligator is around 30 to 50 years, this reptile has managed to survive multiple bombings to become a star on TikTok.

According to the press agency ReutersMuja arrived in Belgrade from Germany in August 1937. Although zookeepers do not know the exact date of the outbreak, an old newspaper clipping from 1937 indicates that he was about two years old at the time. It officially became the world’s oldest captive alligator when Moscow Zoo’s Saturn died in May.

During its many years of existence, the alligator has experienced three bombings in Serbia, according to a BBC report. It survived WWII bombings in 1941 and 1944 and NATO bombings in 1999.

The alligator just celebrated its birthday in the Serbian zoo. Veterinarians reportedly said the animal was at least 85 years old and suggested the possibility the animal was older. Muja is fairly agile for his age, a sign that he is still in good health.

The only time vets worried about his health was in 2012 when a painful foot turned out to be gangrene. The BBC report said his foot had to be amputated to save his life.

According to AFP, the alligator’s diet consists of rats, rabbits, birds, skinned horse meat and beef.

Recently, it has gained immense popularity on TikTok as well. The alligator has several videos with over 1 lakh of views. “People love him. We post on Muja to let everyone know that he is healthy and doing well, ”Andrej Manojlovic from Belgrade Zoo told BBC.

Take a look at the beautiful animal below:

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