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  • A Businessman Raised Money To Save Balto From The Sideshow on Random True Story Behind 'Balto' Is Even More Intense Than Animated Film

    (#8) A Businessman Raised Money To Save Balto From The Sideshow

    In 1927, a businessperson named George Kimble discovered Balto in the sideshow. The situation he found the dogs in appalled Kimble, who asked the sideshow owner if he could purchase Balto and his team. The owner agreed to sell the dogs for $2,000. 

    Kimble returned to Cleveland and began a campaign to raise money with the help of the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper. Children, local shops, waitresses, and factory workers all helped by donating what they could. The Western Reserve Kennel Club and the Animal Protective League also supported the cause, along with a local judge.

    Kimble's benefit managed to raise $2,300 in just 10 days, and he rescued Balto and the other dogs. 

  • Despite Being Inexperienced, Balto Took Lead Of The Second-To-Last Team on Random True Story Behind 'Balto' Is Even More Intense Than Animated Film

    (#3) Despite Being Inexperienced, Balto Took Lead Of The Second-To-Last Team

    Scheduled to be the second-to-last team to transport the serum, Kaasen, Balto, and the team's other 12 dogs found themselves in a powerful snowstorm shortly into their journey. The serum was almost lost after an 80 mph gust of wind flipped the sled and the package tumbled into a snowbank.

    Balto had never led a team before and had to rely on scent rather than sight because of the heavy snow storms. After an issue with the planned final team, Kaasen's decided to finish the relay himself. In February 1925, Balto, Kaasen, and the rest of the group reached Nome after traveling 53 miles.

    Although four dogs died during the operation, the doctor lifted the quarantine three weeks later thanks to the speedy serum delivery.

  • The Real Balto Was Not Part Wolf And Wasn't Considered An Ideal Lead Sled Dog on Random True Story Behind 'Balto' Is Even More Intense Than Animated Film

    (#5) The Real Balto Was Not Part Wolf And Wasn't Considered An Ideal Lead Sled Dog

    In the animated film, Balto is half wolf; the real Balto was a Siberian husky, thought to be born sometime in 1919. Balto had a black coat with a patch of white on his chest and paws.

    Though the real Balto didn't live his life as an outcast, people did not consider him an ideal lead sled dog. Balto's barrel chest and boxy build made him very strong, however, so Seppala gave him work as a member of the sled team for miners.

    When it came time to make the serum run, Seppala chose Togo as his lead dog, while Gunnar Kaasen gave Balto a chance.

  • Dogs And Mushers Braved Extreme Weather To Get The Serum Home Safely on Random True Story Behind 'Balto' Is Even More Intense Than Animated Film

    (#2) Dogs And Mushers Braved Extreme Weather To Get The Serum Home Safely

    A dog sled team would need to journey for weeks to retrieve the serum. To combat exhaustion, the townspeople decided to set the operation up as a relay. One team picked up the serum from a checkpoint where the previous team could then rest. Over 20 mushers helped out on the project.

    The first team, led by "Wild Bill" Shannon, picked up the 20-pound package containing the serum. He and his team traveled 52 miles through minus-60-degree weather, just fast enough that his dogs' lungs wouldn't develop frost.

    Leonhard Seppala and lead dog Togo took over next, completing the longest chunk of the journey at 91 miles. Seppala decided to take a shortcut, traveling over slippery ice in minus-85-degree temperatures and winds that threatened to blow them off course. They made it safely to the next musher, though, who eventually handed the package off to Gunnar Kaasen and his lead dog, Balto. 

    For an ordinary postal service, a trip like this could take up to 25 days, but thanks to the mushers, the serum made it to Nome in less than six.

  • Visitors Can See Balto At The Cleveland Natural History Museum  on Random True Story Behind 'Balto' Is Even More Intense Than Animated Film

    (#12) Visitors Can See Balto At The Cleveland Natural History Museum 

    After Balto's death, the Cleveland Brookside Zoo gave his body to the Cleveland Natural History Museum. To keep his memory alive, his body was stuffed and mounted. The museum created an enclosed display for Balto so people could visit him.

    The Cleveland Brookside Zoo, meanwhile, erected a bronze monument that pays tribute to both Balto and fellow dog sled hero, Togo.

  • People In Alaska Want To Display Balto At A Local Iditarod Museum on Random True Story Behind 'Balto' Is Even More Intense Than Animated Film

    (#13) People In Alaska Want To Display Balto At A Local Iditarod Museum

    In the '90s, a group of children in Alaska wanted their beloved hero to come home. They put together a campaign attempting to persuade the Cleveland Natural History Museum to give them Balto to display at the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Museum located in Wasilla, AK.

    The people of Cleveland refused, reasoning Balto spent half his life living in their city.

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In New York’s Central Park, there is a very special sculpture. Its shape is a husky and its name is Balto. Everyone thinks this husky is cute, but few people know the legend behind it. Disney's animated movie Balto was based on the true story of this dog. The most heroic dog of this century makes people feel real courage and strength. In the rescue activity in 1925, the sled team led by Balto ran 264 miles. To commemorate this feat, a sled dog sculpture was erected.

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