The Origins of Winnie-The-Pooh

This beloved bear’s name represents both his real-life origins, and the sound he makes when he blows butterflies off from his nose. Unlike many cartoon characters, this honey-loving bear is based on a real life animal. In fact, he was first conceived during the first World War when Canadian troops from Winnipeg, Manitoba were being shipped off to Europe. During their trek, a lieutenant named Harry Colebourn bought a small female black bear cub from a hunter who had killed its mother. Named “Winnipeg” after his hometown, and she became the Brigade’s mascot and accompanied them to Britain.There, Winnie became a popular zoo attraction that soon caught the attention of author A.A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin. Join as we explore the origins of Winnie-the-Pooh.

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