Last fall we visited Winnipeg Manitoba Canada. We had a fantastic day at the Assiniboine Zoo. I looked back at some of those photos and wanted to share a few today.
This is a wonderful sculpture.
I did get one not so great photo of the plaque.
On August 24, 1914 while enroute overseas during World War I Lieutenant Harry Colebourn V.S.of the 34th Fort Garry Horse Regiment of Manitoba purchased a black Canadian bear cub at White River Ontario and named him Winnie after his home town. The bear became the pet of the soldiers. While Lieutenant Colebourn served in France she was left in care of the London Zoo. In 1919 he gave her to the zoo where she was visited and loved by many, including the author A.A. Milne and his son Christopher.
In 1926 A. A. Milne gave the fictional character Winnie The Pooh named after Lieutenant Colebourn’s bear to Christopher Robin and his friends for posterity. Winnie died at the London Zoo on May 12, 1934.
“Winnie the Bear”. By Sculptor William Epp was donated to the children of the world August 6, 1992.
It is rumored that the bear was orphaned and purchased from a hunter for 10 dollars. Lieutenant Colebourn was a Veterinarian, apparently the bear was smuggled into France aboard a troop ship. What fun it must have been for those soldiers headed off to war.
I love art with a story:)