Winnie the Pooh is based off of a real bear

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Winnie the Pooh is based off of a real bear

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The fictional bear that has touched the hearts of thousands of people, is actually based upon a real, albeit currently deceased, animal. The two, according to author Mary Anne Appleby, shared very similar characteristics, particularly Pooh’s uniquely gentle, bumbly disposition.

The real Winnie was born in Ontario, Canada in 1914.  As a cub, she was captured and sold to a World War 1 enlistee, who decided to name her Winnipeg after his home town. He, and his fellow Winnipegi soldiers, felt as though she was a piece of home that they were privileged enough to keep with them.

Her owner, Harry Coleborn, was shipped off to Europe for combat shortly thereafter, where he decided to give his beloved Winnie to the London zoo. This is where Christopher Robin Milne, son of Winnie the Pooh creator A.A. Milne and the basis for Winnie the Pooh’s onscreen companion, first saw Winnie, and where the idea behind her story began.

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