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A good dog with great genes – 1920s Alaska sled-relay hero Balto

The taxidermy mount of Balto, a dog famed for its role in a 1925 dogsled journey through blizzard conditions in Alaska to deliver lifesaving medicine to the city of Nome during an outbreak of diphtheria, is displayed at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in this undated photo.

Washington DC, USReuters In 1925, a handsome male sled dog named Balto led a 13-dog team that braved blizzard conditions during the grueling final 85 kilometre leg of a 1,088 kilometre dogsled relay, bringing lifesaving medicine to the Alaskan city of Nome during a diphtheria outbreak. Balto was feted as a hero, the subject of […]