Well, this is a surprise!
It turns out that Winnie the Pooh isn’t actually a boy, but a girl bear!
The real Winnie the Pooh, that is! And all of this is coming out in a new book called Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick!
See, there really was a bear named Winnie that used to travel with a man named Harry Colebourn (who was Mattick’s great grandfather!), a military veterinarian during World War I.
Coleburn took the bear everywhere with his regiment, until he was shipped off to France in the war, and forced to leave the bear at the London Zoo (below):
August 24th 1914 marks the day when my great grandfather, Vet + Soldier Harry Colebourn, bought his bear Winnie before heading off to WWI. #canadianhistory #winniethepooh #100daysfindingwinnie #findingwinnieA photo posted by lindsay mattick (@lindsaymattick) on Aug 24, 2015 at 3:50pm PDT
Awww!! That is such a cute bear!!!
Winnie — who is named for the Canadian city of Winnipeg — was often visited by a young boy named Christopher Robin. Robin adored the bear, and so he named his own stuffed toy bear after Winnie.
Oh yeah, Christopher Robin’s dad saw all this, too, and that man — A. A. Milne — decided to come up with a character very familiar to his family that we all now know and love.
So as it turns out, the Winnie we know and love was actually inspired by a girl!
How about that little history lesson?!
The whole true story of the inspiration behind Pooh Bear can be found in Finding Winnie — currently available in bookstores all over for more bear-y good stories!
[Image via Disney.]