3. A group saved a small town in Alaska.
In–1925, the children–of Nome–came–down with the widely–feared–disease–called diphtheria. The closest anti-toxin was 1000 miles away in a hospital–in Anchorage. The train could only–take the medicine so far, and it was up to–mushers with teams of sled dogs to transport–the package the–remaining 674 miles.
Twenty–mushers–and–their sled–dogs battled the–bitter cold–in a relay–to get–the medicine there safely. It took–127.5–hours–to–complete–the–mission, but–the medicine made–it to the–village. The final leg was–completed by a black Siberian husky–and his–team. When finally reaching–their–destination, the dogs were hailed as–heroes and–appeared in newspapers–across the–country.
If this–story sounds–familiar, you–might remember–it–from the animated movie, Balto. You–can see a statue–of Balto in New York’s–Central–Park (the real Balto is–stuffed and–mounted at the Cleveland Museum–of Natural History).
4. A lot of features help keep them warm.
Huskies–have a–thick double coat that keeps–them well–insulated. Their–undercoat is short and warm, while the overcoat is long and water-resistant. Their–almond-shaped–eyes–allow–them to–squint–to keep out snow. Huskies will–wrap their tails around–their faces while–they sleep; their breath–warms the tail and–keeps–the–nose and face–protected–from the–cold.