Oc­to­ber 14 1926

Sunday Times - - Puzzles -

The book “Win­nie-the-Pooh” is re­leased. AA (Alan Alexan­der) Milne’s sto­ries cen­tre on tales of his lit­tle son Christo­pher Robin and his stuffed an­i­mals: Pooh Bear, Eey­ore, Piglet, Kanga, Roo and Tig­ger. Milne adds Owl and Rab­bit from his imag­i­na­tion. The geog­ra­phy is based on real places in Ash­down For­est, East Sus­sex. Christo­pher named his teddy bear af­ter Win­nie, a Cana­dian black bear he of­ten saw at Lon­don Zoo, and Pooh, a swan they met while on hol­i­day. The bear cub was pur­chased for $20 in White River, On­tario, on Au­gust 24 1914 from a hunter, who had killed her mother, by Cana­dian vet­eri­nar­ian Lieu­tenant Harry Cole­bourn while en route to Eng­land to serve in World War 1. He named her Win­nie af­ter his adopted home­town Win­nipeg. Win­nie was sur­rep­ti­tiously brought to Eng­land with her owner and be­came the un­of­fi­cial mas­cot of The Fort Garry Horse, a cavalry reg­i­ment. Cole­bourn left Win­nie at the zoo while he and his unit were in France. Af­ter the war he do­nated her to the zoo, where she re­mained much loved for her play­ful, gen­tle na­ture un­til her death on May 12 1934. A statue of Cole­bourn and Win­nie (pic­tured to­gether, right, in 1914) was erected in Assini­boine Park, Win­nipeg, in 1992

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