Winnie The Pooh Day: The real bear behind the character is a girl and more about the beloved Disney character

Tuesday, January 18, is Winnie The Pooh Day, the date chosen to honor author AA Milne’s birthday.

The lovable bear has been the hero of countless children’s stories about him for decades.

But many people may not realize that the real-life bear who inspired Winnie The Pooh is really her. Here are interesting facts you may not have known about the beloved character.

Winnie was originally female

Lindsay Mattick’s 2015 book “Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear” details the rich history of a black bear named Winnie, who would become an inspiration for characters Classic children’s animals.

During World War I, Mattick’s great-grandfather and Canadian veterinarian Harry Coleburn bought an American black bear, naming it “Winnie” after his home city of Winnipeg.

Winnie became a regimental mascot during Coleburn’s months of field training. When deployed to France, Coleburn realized he couldn’t keep Winnie safe anymore and took her to London Zoo, according to Mattick.

Visitors quickly realize that this bear is unusually gentle and kind – qualities later reflected in Milne’s writings.

Christopher Robin Milne, a young traveler who developed a friendship with the bear, loved her so much that he renamed his teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh. The boy’s father, AA Milne, first published the story of a boy named Christopher Robin and the Winnie-the-Pooh teddy bear in the London Evening News on Christmas Eve 1925.

The name ‘Pooh’ comes from a swan

A young Christopher Robin named a swan “Pooh,” explained AA Milne in his 1924 book “When We Were Very Young”.

“This is a great name for a swan, because, if you call it and it doesn’t come (which is what swans are good at), you can pretend you just said ‘Pooh!’ to show how little you want him, “Milne pre-wrote the book.

The real-life Pooh would name herself a swan in that book and then Winnie the Pooh.

You can visit (stuffed bear) Winnie

For die-hard Winnie the Pooh fans, it might be worth a tour of the main branch of the New York Public Library. Here you can see the toy that Christopher Robin played with Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet and that inspirational Kanga. They sometimes receive professional conservative treatment.

Christopher Robin actually opened a bookstore

It may come as no surprise that Christopher Milne grew up a book lover. In 1951, he moved from London to the South West of England to found Harbor Bookshop, according to BBC. He retired in 1983 and the store closed in 2011.

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