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Balto the Wonder Dog
Birth: 1919, USA
Death: Mar. 14, 1933
Cleveland
Cuyahoga County
Ohio, USA

Wonder Dog. Balto was the new rookie lead dog for a sled team operated by Alaskan dog sled master, Gunnar Kaasen. Gunnar Kaasen was in the second to last leg of a dog team relay that had to deliver some diphtheria epidemic lifesaving intitoxin serum from Anchorage Alaska to Nome. Gunnar could not find the next person in the relay in a blinding blizzard and had to continue on all the way to Nome. With Balto leading, Gunnar carried on and managed to survive to deliver the antitoxin. Balto and his heroic team then became famous and toured the USA. In 1927, a Cleveland businessman discovered the dogs on display in Los Angeles, ill kept and in poor health. He organized Cleveland residents who donated money to buy the dog team. The money was raised and the team was brought to Cleveland. After Balto died in 1933, Balto was taxidermied, mounted and put on display at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The museum runs a film shot in 1925 of Balto and the original team. 
 
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Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Cleveland
Cuyahoga County
Ohio, USA
 
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Record added: Apr 18, 2000
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Balto the Wonder Dog
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Balto the Wonder Dog
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- sniksnak
 Added: Aug. 25, 2014
Rest in Peace, Balto
- 455th AAA Historian
 Added: Aug. 22, 2014

- DENA ANN
 Added: Aug. 11, 2014
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