Pooh truthers have uncovered Winnie’s deep dark secrets.
According to a new book, Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear, the semiliterate bear is actually NOT British. She’s Canadian.
Pooh was based on a real-life black bear cub purchased by a Canadian vet from a trapper in 1914.
The vet named the bear Winnie after his native Winnipeg. He brought the bear with him to England, where Winnie served as a mascot for his regiment. (No word on Piglet.)
The vet eventually left the bear with the London Zoo, where a little boy named Christopher Robin would often visit the bear. That boy’s dad? A. A. Milne, the author of the Winnie-the-Pooh book series.