16. What beloved character of children’s literature was inspired by and named after an animal captured by a hunter and sold in central Ontario?
Answer to Canada Quiz #16
While en route to his army training camp in August 1914, Canadian veterinarian and soldier Harry Colebourn, made a stop at the White River, Ontario train station. Here he encountered a hunter offering a bear cub for sale and was moved to purchase the animal and bring him along on his travels.
Colebourn named the bear Winnie after his home town of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Upon learning that he would be deployed to France, he arranged for the bear to be kept at the London Zoo, where he captured the hearts of A. A. Milne and his son, Christopher Robin Milne. The boy named his stuffed bear “Winnie-the-Pooh” after the bear at the zoo, and his father began writing stories with Winnie-the-Pooh as the central character.