Nov 24 2015
The Guardian recently posted one of their pictorial essays on the real bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh. Apparently, in 1914 a vet named Harry Colebourn was on his way to fight in World War I when he purchased/rescued a baby bear (BAD IDEA). Fond of his new pet, he decided to bring her along to the front lines (EVEN WORSE IDEA). Admittedly, the bear was apparently very sweet and tame, and the story has a happy(ish) ending when she goes off to literary fame and a long life at the London Zoo, but DUDE: that poor, poor bear.
Posted by: Julianka