Balto, the sled dog that saved an Alaskan town from a diphtheria outbreak is back in Cleveland

Welcome back, Balto! Visit Balto in Sears Hall of Human Ecology, learn about his heroic role in the Serum Run, and find out how he came to call Cleveland his forever home.

Posted by Cleveland Museum of Natural History on Thursday, July 6, 2017

Balto is on display at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. In 1925 Balto led a team of dogs on the final leg of the expedition to deliver lifesaving serum to Nome, Alaska. The expedition inspired the modern Iditarod Race.

The taxidermied sled dog has been on loan to the Anchorage Museum of History since March 2017.

The iconic sled dog was bought by a group of Clevelanders after George Kimble, a former prizefighter turned Cleveland businessman, saw him performing in a Los Angeles circus. March of 1927, Balto and six companions were welcomed to Cleveland with a hero’s parade. Balto and team lived out his final days at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

After his death in 1933, the Siberian Husky found a resting place at the Natural History Museum.