Your are correct haggis, of course! but eh? there is some canadian in the mix....
Winnie the Pooh, Eh?
Winnie the Pooh was Canadian!
The character was based on a real bear. A.A. Milne, the man who wrote the Winnie the Pooh books, based his famous character on a black bear in the London Zoo.
The bear, called Winnie, had belonged to a Canadian soldier named Lieutenant Harry Colebourn. Back then, nobody saw anything wrong with taking an orphan bear cub as a pet. Now we know better, and itís illegal in most provinces to keep wild animals without a permit.
It was 1914 at the beginning of World War I. Lieutenant Colebourn was travelling to Quebec from his home in Manitoba to join the Canadian Army Veterinary Corps.
Back then, horses were used in war to pull big guns and other equipment. Today armies have mechanics to repair the vehicles. Then they had veterinarians to look after the horses that got injured and sick. War was awful for animals as well as people.
Lieutenant Colebourn had to change trains in White River, Ontario. He saw a man on the station platform with a bear cub. He learned that the man was a trapper who had killed the cubís mother. Feeling sorry for the cub, he bought her for $20.
He named her Winnie after his home town of Winnipeg. Winnie became the mascot of Lieutenant Colebournís Infantry Brigade.
Soon the troops were sent to France to fight in the war. On the way through London, England, Lieutenant Colebourn left Winnie at the London Zoo. He didnít think it would be fair to take her into the battlefields of France.
Winnie lived at the London Zoo until she died in 1934. Thatís where A.A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin met her.
Everyone knows Winnie the Pooh from A.A. MilneĎs stories. But not many people know what you do Ė that Winnie was a real Canadian bear who wasnít at all like the story-book Winnie the Pooh.