Balto's True Colours

Balto's True Colours


There is to much contreversy over this, so I went to the source.


Alot of people here on BaltoSource don't exactly agree on Balto's colour - Black and White. Well, I decided to show people he WAS Black, and not brown. Now, I am sure some of you have seen pictures of his stuffed body in the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and if not I am happy to show you some pictures.

Pictures of Balto from the Cleveland Museum were taken from:

Balto


Black

Yes, you must admit that this is VERY disleading. But, I still believed he was black and white. And another thing is, that all the pictures I attempt to find of the real Balto are in Black and white. Which also makes it somewhat difficult to tell if he was black or brown.


I have two pictures of Balto, both very sketchy and somewhat hard to see, that I have collected over time. I am not sure when or where I found them.


White


Brown


In picture two, he seems too dark even for a Black and White picture to be brown, although in picture one he could possibly be a dark brown. But, this still may not convince people. So, I went to the people who have had Balto sense death, the Cleveland Museum. I e-mailed them, a lady named JoAnn Coburn responded. I asked her about it, and this is what she replied:


Thanks for asking the question about Balto. You're on the right track:
Balto has always been described as a black and white dog. but any black fur, over time or with sun exposure turns a reddish-brown. Balto has been here at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History since his death in 1933, and although we always try to limit exposure to sunlight, his fur now has a brown color.
Hope this stops the confusion.
JoAnn


I was very happy to recieve a reply from her in about three days of sending out the e-mail. So thus, as many (but not all) of us had thought, his fur changed from black to a reddish-brown colour, due to sunlight exposure and time.

You must realise that they have had Balto sense his death, as she had mentioned. So you MUST figure that at least they would know.


As for why the creators of Balto the animated movie decided to colour Balto the wolf-dog brown, that is for another time and place.








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Jason Alexander
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August 29, 2012
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The color in the fur will have faded over time because he is no longer living. Even though fur and hair is dead skin cells, it still retains DNA of its owner which decide the color of that hair/fur. So with no new fur to replace it, it fades over time due to exposure to the environment, ie light and air. Its the same with leaving a piece of fruit in the windowsill to long; it shrivels and loses its color. Time returns everything to nature

February 09, 2010
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Lil' drifter c:
your right he was jet black,but due to too much light his fur turned light brown,so know you know that balto was indead a black and white husky,you can check books ,& etc. they all have balto as a black husky.

January 31, 2010
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im really late in reading this lol but i agree with your theory that he was black with some white in him and he just faded because i know this is really weird but my great grandother had her black cat stuffed after he died and he is know a redish brown also.

June 25, 2009
Usa Is not currently on the site
he was balck and white..end of story

May 02, 2009
Usa Is not currently on the site
No weapon can sever the soul from me
lol With all due respect, of course.

May 02, 2009
Usa Is not currently on the site
No weapon can sever the soul from me
LIARS!!!!!!!!! He was brown!!!!!!

March 04, 2009
Usa Is not currently on the site
Because of the light, his fur was bleached brown. The mueseum have had him since he died, at that point he was black. So obviously, when he was alive, his pelt was black. >.>'

November 09, 2008
Australia Female Is not currently on the site
balto in real life was very short and looks nothing ike a husky or a
wolf more like a corgey

November 04, 2008
Usa Female Is not currently on the site
why does he look so diffrent in the movie?Is that really the real
balto?!Or is it a fake???!!!!

June 21, 2008
Usa Is not currently on the site
Wait if the pictures at the museum are his real body then i guess that
points out he was brown wouldnt it?

March 25, 2008
Usa Female Is not currently on the site
Wow! That was a very well put together article! I think that the only
reason they made Balto the colors they did in the movie (specifically
B1 which was made by better animators) is because in the movie he was
part wolf. I don't think he was part wolf in real life. Great article!

Guest
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March 01, 2008
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(wow am i late with posting) the whites around his eyes could of been
from old age. though i'm not sure if that's what he died from. if so,
that could be why it's white in the RL pic of him at the museum. =3

February 16, 2008
Usa Female Is not currently on the site
great way to get that point out but im still questioning if its true i
understand that he could have lost his color throughout time
but if u look at the stuffed balto he has white patches around his
eyes and in those photos u had of him in black and white he didnt but
thats all im questioning

August 26, 2007
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Cool article I was never really sure about this particular
subject! Thanks for clearing it up

July 25, 2007
Usa Female Is not currently on the site
Awsome article really good research

March 30, 2007
France Female Is not currently on the site
what a idea to put balto in full sun, because of that, to
look at how ilest become! good article!

March 03, 2007
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wow great pictures.and i have always wondered that myself

February 25, 2007
France Female Is not currently on the site
yer mum.
I did not say he was Balto and White. The Cleveland
Museum, which have had him sense his DEATH, say so. And they
would know, because they had him when he WAS black.

February 17, 2007
Italy Female Is not currently on the site
that is a white and black photo,how you can say he was
really black and white?

February 09, 2007
Usa Male Is not currently on the site
TWO THUMBS UP

January 31, 2007
France Female Is not currently on the site
yer mum.
Thank you all for the lovely 'agreeing' comments.

Guest
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January 31, 2007
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Awesome artical. I agree, all the way Maya!

January 29, 2007
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I agree with Mayaa. this article was once have been post
here. and everyone agree that :

Balto was Black
and white. but for animals fur "black" is actually "really
dark brown" and over time the fur color fade away.

Guest
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January 28, 2007
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GREAT ARTICLE! I like this article!

January 26, 2007
France Female Is not currently on the site
yer mum.
Emily -> He was not PURE Black. He was black and white. As
you can see, on his stomach and on his paws he has a white
stocking and a white sock. But indeed, he was black. And it
did not turn an 'unnatural' brown. Over time things fade.
Jeans fade. Pictures fade. TV's, computers, and other things
fade. Colours just fade!.. And that is what happened with
Balto. Over time and under sun exposure, came his new faded
colour.

January 26, 2007
Canada Female Is not currently on the site
Webranker
Alright, Balto was black and white for his whole life. It's
a fact, he was pure black. The lighting at the museum made his fur turn to
an unatural brown.

Guest
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January 26, 2007
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balto was black but have been dead so many years he lost his
colour

January 26, 2007
Usa Female Is not currently on the site
R.I.P the warriorcat pack
i knew he was dark and i wonder is that his acual fur
beacuse sometimes they use the skins of something when it
dies and stuff it

Guest
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January 26, 2007
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Wow, thank's for this imformation! I was wondering about
that as well.

January 25, 2007
France Female Is not currently on the site
yer mum.
baltobabe9000 -> I agree, well, sort of. I don't APPROVE of
stuffing animals that were once alive, and especially if it
was killed before its time by the hands of a human.

But then again, at least he had DIED before they
decided to stuff him.

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