In case you didn’t know: Winnie the Pooh was actually based on a FEMALE bear

Published On November 10, 2015 | By Keri | Middays

First, we find out Hello Kitty isn’t a cat.

Now this?

Some shocking info from the new book, “Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear“.

Winnie the Pooh is a GIRL. Well, at least based on a girl bear.

Toronto author Lindsay Mattick reveals how Pooh was actually based on a female bear back in the early 1900’s that her great-grandfather saved:

[A] small black bear cub was rescued by Canadian veterinarian Harry Colebourn, en route to treat horses in the First World War. After the war Colebourn, who had named the bear after his home town of Winniepeg, took her to London Zoo – where she met a real-life boy called Christopher Robin, who was so captivated with Winnie he would name his teddy after her.

Author A.A. Milne captured the friendship between Christopher Robin and Pooh in his books, creating the fictional pals from his own son and the little lady bear, but Milne later decided the story would play better if Pooh was a boy.

The real-life Winnie spent most of her life in the London Zoo after Christopher Robin moved on to adult-like interests.

She passed away in 1934.

(to be honest, it looks like Mattick let the cat, or the bear, out of the bag last year but seems we weren’t listening very well)


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