Science: Byrd's Dogs

Dog-lovers were moved by the revelation of a hitherto unpublished story about the third Byrd expedition's escape from the Antarctic in 1941. Hemmed in by a closing ice pack, the 26 men at the Palmer Land camp had to risk an emergency flight out in their battered Condor plane. The plane could make only two trips, would be barely able to carry the men. What to do with their well-loved sled dogs?

Byrd's men made a hard decision. Of the 61 dogs, 34 were shot. But if the plane should crash on the...

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