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View Resource Remembering the Real Winnie: The World's Most Famous Bear Turns 100

Fans of the children's literature classic, Winnie the Pooh, may not know that Winnie is based on a real bear. In 1914, Canadian Harry Colebourn purchased a bear cub in White River, Ontario, en route to serve as a military veterinarian for the British army in World War I. He purchased the bear cub - named after his native Winnipeg - as a mascot for his army regiment. Colebourn eventually donated...