The World Just Discovered Winnie-The-Pooh Is A Girl And Canada Is Like “Duh”
We gotta talk. This is, like, Canadiana 101.
The world is losing its damn mind over the revelation that Winnie-the-Pooh is not only a girl, but a Canadian girl.
But up here in Canada, we're all like, "Duh, of course Winnie is Canadian."
That's because, as Canadians know, the original Winnie was a little female black bear bought by Canadian Lt. Harry Colebourn during the First World War. He brought Winnie — named for Winnipeg — over to England and left her in the care of London Zoo.
A little boy named Christopher Robin Milne was quite fond of Winnie and named his own teddy bear after her. The boy's father, A.A. Milne, went on to name the cherished children's book character after that bear.
So, there you have it: Winnie-the-Pooh is most definitely based on a real-life bear who was both female and Canadian.