The Mystery behind Winnie The Pooh: Is it a girl?

Winnie The Pooh is a fictional teddy bear created by an author called A.A. Milne. The first book was published in 1926. In the books Winnie The Pooh is known for being innocent and slow but very wise. His adventures are shared with other characters such as Piglet, Owl, Tigger and Eeyore. He is also known for his poems and his love for honey. Since the book Winnie The Pooh became a cult classic among children, it has been featured in theatres, on radio, on audio, in a drama film, and TV. In 1966 the Lasswell’s (who created the brands and trademarks for the characters) and the Milne’s sold the license rights to Disney.

I’ve always loved Winnie The Pooh as far back as I can remember.Β  I even owned a life sized Winnie The Pooh bear that I took with me to university. It sat on my window in my little room. So you can only imagine how I felt when I got alerted to the fact that Winnie The Pooh could potentially be a girl. I had watched all the cartoons and read all the books and was sure he was a boy.

 

How old were you when you found out Winnie The Pooh is a girl?
Screenshot of a message I received, with the following caption.

 

Β I knew I had to investigate the matter and do some thorough research.

Is Winnie the Pooh a girl?

Β BBC News and The Mirror are amongst the websites that have covered the story. To make a long story short, the confusion came from the new trailer for Christopher Robin. A new movie from Disney due to hit the cinemas this summer. The movie trailer uncovered some truths about the real Winnie the Pooh (Yes, I said real). The plot thickened as I discovered that the bear I had grown to love, did not live in The Hundred Acre Wood and did not eat honey! But instead, was a black bear and a …wait for it- A FEMALE BEAR!

The real Winnie the Pooh
The real Winnie The Pooh rescued by Harry Colebourn.

 

Harry Coleborn was a Veterinarian and Lieutenant who named the bear Winniepeg, after his home city in Canada. Winniepeg became famous in the London Zoo where she was known for being playful and gentle and lived a very long time for a bear. She was 20 years old when she died. Between the 1920’s and 1930’s she caught the attention of Christopher Robin who named his bear after her.

Christopher Robin was A.A. Milne’s son and his mother bought him the bear that later became the inspiration for Winnie The Pooh. His life has been portrayed in movies and his relationship with the publicity campaign for the book. He became the poster child for Winnie The Pooh. He even wrote an autobiography titled ‘The Enchanted Places‘ where he revealed his love and hate relationship with his actual teddy bear because of the book. He felt like his father created a dream son that was far from reality.

Lindsay Mattick
Lindsay Mattick, the great grand daughter and author of ‘Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear’

The real identity of Winnie the Pooh was revealed in 2015, in the book written by Lindsay Mattick called ‘Finding Winnie: The true story of the world’s famous bear‘ The great-grand daughter of Harry Colbourn. So it is safe to say that up until that point, the whole world had no idea. And it explains why I was confused when I found out. However, it doesn’t really change anything for me. The bear in Winnie the Pooh is in fact a boy. But I had fun solving this mystery.

 

 

Sources used:
Is Winnie The Pooh a girl? – Mirror Online
The bear that inspired Winnie the Pooh – BBC
Conversation with Lindsay Mattick – The Canadian Encyclopedia

 

 

 

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31 comments

  1. Well well well… you learn something new every day. I was a lover of Winnie when I was little and my sister loved Tigger. When someone said Winnie was a girl I was like whaaaat! Glad you done some investigation for us πŸ™‚

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    • I had the same reaction and on behalf of all the Winnie The Pooh fans, I felt like it was my duty lol thanks for the comment and for reading πŸ™‚

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  2. I discovered this curious fact about two years that this was a strange case of two bears the real one and the fictitious character πŸ˜‚ after some book got released I don’t remember what it’s called
    ~B

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