Around 1915, during the First World War, a small bear cub was smuggled into Britain. Lt. Harry Colebourn, of The Fort Garry Horse Canadian cavalry regiment and aforementioned smuggler, named her after the town he grew up in: Winnipeg.
Winnipeg became the unofficial regimental mascot for the time Lt. Colebourn spent in Britain. And while her original destination was to be Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, he gave “Winnie” an official home at the zoo in London. There she had gained many fans and was already much loved by the people of London for her playful attitude. Among these fans was one Christopher Robin Milne. Also popularly known as: Christopher Robin.
Christopher Robin, loving Winnie so much, named his own teddy bear Winnie. Thus, Winnie-the-Pooh was created.
Happy Birthday to A. A. Milne. You have inspired us all.