Today, Oct. 14, 2016, marks the 90th birthday of Winnie-the-Pooh. To celebrate everyone's favourite Silly Old Bear and his friends, CBC Books has come up with "90 weird and wonderful facts about the Hundred Acre Wood": http://www.cbc.ca/books/2016/10/winnie-the-pooh-facts.html.
The real bear who inspired Winnie the Pooh was a Canadian female black bear adopted as a cub by a Canadian veterinarian named Harry Colebourn in 1914. Colebourn found the bear cub on a train platform in White River, Ontario, and named the bear after his hometown of Winnipeg. Colebourn left Winnie at the London Zoo where Christopher Robin Milne saw him. The rest is history.
Here's a photo of my husband and our dog at Winnie's statue in White River.