Once there was a bear named Winnie. Winnie was purchased as a cub in Ontario by Lieutenant Harry Colebourn and named Winnie for his home town of Winnipeg. This was back in 1914.
I don’t know how long he actually kept her as a pet, but while Lieutenant Colebourn served in France, she was left at the London Zoo for them to take care of her. He officially gave her to them in 1919.
Two of the people who visited her in the zoo, were A.A. Milne and his son Christopher. In 1926 A.A. Milne began writing Winnie The Pooh books and the rest is history.
Winnie the bear died in the London Zoo in 1934, but the books live on.
At the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg, we have a statue dedicated to Lieutenant Harry Colebourn and his bear Winnie.