10 Animal Heroes Who Deserve a Special Place in Our Hearts



Some events in history would have a completely different outcome if it weren’t for our animal companions. While some of these animals became famous for their devotion and bravery, others served humans in less expected ways. From tiny horses to pigeons, all of these animals answered the call of duty by lending a helping paw, hoof, beak, and wing in difficult situations.

1. Balto and Togo, dog heroes who prevented the spread of the Diptheria pandemic in Alaska

In the winter of 1925, a devastating diphtheria outbreak in the remote Alaskan town of Nome threatened the lives of the people who lived there. With a raging blizzard and freezing cold temperatures as low as −23°F it was impossible to reach the residents by any means of transportation, aside from a sleigh.

10 Animal Heroes Who Deserve a Special Place in Our Hearts

Togo was the lead sled dog of a sled dog team owned by musher Leonhard Seppala who was on a mission to deliver serum to the town. Although the media initially only credited Balto, the dog who covered the last stretch of the dangerous route, Togo was also later recognized as the dog who covered a far greater distance than any other lead dog on the mission. Both dogs were later featured in 2 separate movies, as true animal celebrities.

2. Dolly the sheep, the world’s first cloned animal

10 Animal Heroes Who Deserve a Special Place in Our Hearts

Dolly, a famous sheep named after Dolly Parton, made headlines in 1996 as the world’s first mammal to be successfully cloned using an adult cell. Although cloning may have many uses in preserving endangered species and even in providing a way for reviving extinct species, Dolly’s main legacy is that her cloning provided advancements in stem cell research.