Many of us grew up reading Winnie the Pooh stories. The well known bear was a part of our childhood. But, there is a story behind Winnie that you likely don’t know and the children’s book about it is making a lot of waves and earning awards.
Lindsay Mattick’s great grandfather was veterinarian Harry Colebourn. In 1914, Colebourn was on his way to tend horses when he encountered a hunter at a train station. The hunter had killed a bear and was trying to sell a young cub. Colebourn bought the bear for $20 and named her Winnipeg, but called her Winnie.
Yes! Winnie was a girl!
Coleburne took Winnie to England with him during WWI. She bonded with the troops. But, when he was sent to the front lines in France, he wanted to keep her safe, so he took her to the London Zoo with a plan to get her after he returned. But, four years passed and he couldn’t remove Winnie from her home at the zoo where she was so beloved.
Children came specifically to visit Winnie, including a boy named Christopher Robin. Christopher’s dad was A.A. Milne, the author of Winnie the Pooh.
You never know how one act can have a ripple effect for many years. One $20 investment created a big return for generations of children.
Watch the video below to hear the full story.
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H/T: CBS News