Accordingly, Winnie the Pooh has the prototype of a black bear, named Winnipeg, from Canada.|Lindsay Mattick is the grandson of Captain Harry Colebourn. In 1914, while taking care of battle horses during World War I, Captain Harry accidentally stopped at a station on the banks of the White River (Canada) and caught a hunter selling a bear cub. He agreed to buy it back for $20.|Harry Colebourn next to his “bear”.|Harry Colebourn named the bear Winnie – after his hometown – Winnipeg (capital of Manitoba – Canada’s 7th largest city).|The captain and Winnie the bear became close, gradually inseparable. When forced to follow the unit to France, he sent Winnie back at the London Zoo.|As soon as she was sent back to the zoo, Winnie quickly made a new friend – named Christopher Robin. This boy loves Winnie very much, so much so that he named his toy teddy bear Winnie.