DEAD: Balto

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Balto (aged 14)
Sled dog

Balto (1919 – March 14, 1933) was a Siberian huskyand sled dog who led his team on the final leg of the 1925 serum run to Nome, in which diphtheriaantitoxin was transported from Anchorage, Alaska, to Nenana, Alaska, by train and then to Nome by dog sled to combat an outbreak of the disease. Balto was named after the Sami explorer Samuel Balto. Balto rested at the Cleveland Zoo until his death on March 14, 1933 at the age of 14.

DEATH: After Balto died in 1933, his remains were mounted by a taxidermist, and donated to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. In 1965 Carl Barksintroduced a hero dog named “Barko” as a character in an Uncle Scrooge comic book, North of the Yukon, as an homage to Balto. In 1998 the Alaska Legislature passed HJR 62- ‘Bring Back Balto’ resolution. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History declined to return Balto; however, in October 1998, Balto left for a five-month stay at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art which drew record crowds. Balto was part of another exhibit at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art in 2017.

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