Saturday, 21 November 2015

The skull of the 'real' Winnie goes on display

Winnie the bear with Harry ColebournThe skull of the bear that inspired the Winnie-the-Pooh books is going to be put on public display for the first time, in a London museum.
Christopher Robin's teddy bear, which gave the name to AA Milne's books, was named after Winnie, a black bear he liked to visit in London Zoo.
Winnie died in 1934, and her skull was kept by the Royal College of Surgeons.
It was identified by curators in a review of the collection and will be exhibited at the Hunterian Museum.
The black bear had been something of a celebrity at London Zoo in the 1920s, a star attraction for visitors and known for her friendliness.

AA Milne's son, Christopher Robin, was a regular visitor and was photographed inside Winnie's enclosure feeding her honey from a spoon.
An examination of the bear's skull has shown that she had lost most of her teeth in old age - and museum director Sam Alberti suggests that this could have been because of children feeding her honey or sticky buns.-READ MORE AND SEE VIDEO-BBC LINK-

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