(PCM) Yet another one of those great childhood mysteries has been solved with the revelation that the lovable, pantless, honey addict cartoon character Winnie The Pooh is a girl. We can’t say that we’ve truly spent a great deal of time debating Winnie The Pooh’s sexuality, however for some reason we were always under the assumption that she was actually a he, or perhaps even asexual for that matter. This takes us right back to the time that they tried to tell us Hello Kitty wasn’t really a cat!!
A new book titled “Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear” has made the claim that our beloved Winnie The Pooh is actually not British, she is Canadian and the character is based off of a real-life female black bear cub purchased by a Canadian vet from a trapper back in 1914. The vet named the bear Winnie after his native region of Winnipeg. He then brought the bear back with him to England where she served as the mascot for his practice.
As Winnie continued to grow, the vet eventually made the decision to turn her over to the London Zoo where she was often visited by a young boy named Christopher Robin. The boy’s father turned out to be none other than A.A. Milne who ended up authoring the Winnie The Pooh book series. Now whether or not for creativity or artistic purposes A.A. Milne decided to turn Winnie The Pooh into a male is up for debate, but the original bear was most definitely female.
What do you think? Does it even matter if Winnie The Pooh is male or female?