Winnie Was A Real Bear: A. A. Milne's Inspirations

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Winnipeg the bear with Lt. Harry Colebourn. (CBSnews.com)

Winnie the Pooh is one of the most beloved children’s literary characters in history. Along with his pals Piglet, Tigger, Owl, Eeyore, and Rabbit, Winnie the Pooh has been featured in books, movies, and television shows to the delight of children across the world. You may think that the tubby, honey-loving bear was the product of the imagination of British author and playwright Alan Alexander Milne, better known as A.A. Milne, but you would only be partially right. Milne, who was born on this day in 1882, based his best-known character on a real bear with a long, interesting, and tragic past.