Christopher Robin Milne and Winnipeg “Winnie” the Bear at London Zoo, ca. 1926....'Winnie the Pooh'

The story of how Winnie the Pooh was inspired by a real bear – in pictures

Christopher Robin Milne and Winnipeg “Winnie” the Bear at London Zoo, ca. 1926....'Winnie the Pooh'

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/ce/Christopher_Robin_Milne.jpg  Chistopher Robin and Pooh

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/ce/Christopher_Robin_Milne.jpg Chistopher Robin and Pooh

Winnie the Pooh & A.A. Milne & Christopher Robin. 3 of my oldest childhood friends, that I never met.

Winnie the Pooh & A.A. Milne & Christopher Robin. 3 of my oldest childhood friends, that I never met.

As a long-time and forever fan of Milne, and the wonderful Winnie the Pooh, this photo is a favorite!    (Will the REAL) Christopher Robin Milne (please stand up) © estate of Marcus Adams / Camera Press.

As a long-time and forever fan of Milne, and the wonderful Winnie the Pooh, this photo is a favorite! (Will the REAL) Christopher Robin Milne (please stand up) © estate of Marcus Adams / Camera Press.

A.A. Milne, author of Winnie-the-Pooh, with his son, Christopher Robin, 1925. (Bettmann/Corbis)

A.A. Milne, author of Winnie-the-Pooh, with his son, Christopher Robin, 1925. (Bettmann/Corbis)

Canadian Army Lieutenant Harry Colebourn bought a bear cub for $20 from a hunter. Named her Winnipeg, and smuggled her to England where "winnie became his militia's mascot. He eventually donated her to the London Zoo where she became a favorite of Christopher Robin Milne, the son of a local playwright.  You know the rest.

Canadian Army Lieutenant Harry Colebourn bought a bear cub for $20 from a hunter. Named her Winnipeg, and smuggled her to England where "winnie became his militia's mascot. He eventually donated her to the London Zoo where she became a favorite of Christopher Robin Milne, the son of a local playwright. You know the rest.

Christopher Robin and his mother, Daphne Milne. The Christopher Robin books were dedicated to Daphne, although Christopher's relationship to her was often strained and distant.

Christopher Robin and his mother, Daphne Milne. The Christopher Robin books were dedicated to Daphne, although Christopher's relationship to her was often strained and distant.

Christopher Robin Milne | Fun Fact Fridays- The REAL Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin

Christopher Robin Milne | Fun Fact Fridays- The REAL Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin

The Real Christopher Robin - Why A.A. Milne's Son Hated Winnie the Pooh

The Real Christopher Robin - Why A.A. Milne's Son Hated Winnie the Pooh

AA Milne and his son (Christopher) Robin,1932 the original Winnie the Pooh and his poetry rock!

AA Milne and his son (Christopher) Robin,1932 the original Winnie the Pooh and his poetry rock!

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