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Winnie statue moved to Nature Playground in Assiniboine Park

A statue of the bear that inspired the Winnie the Pooh stories and delighted children for 20 years has been moved to a more visible location in Assiniboine Park.

The popular statue, which features Lt. Harry Colebourn and Winnie the Bear, was relocated to the Nature Playground at Assiniboine Park from in front of the Kinsmen Discovery Centre inside of the Assiniboine Park Zoo.

“This statue is an important part of Winnipeg’s history and we wanted it to have as much visibility as possible,” said Margaret Redmond, president and CEO of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy, in a press release on Thursday.

“With high volumes of traffic in the Nature Playground, the majority of them being children, it seemed like a natural fit.”

The Kinsmen Club of Winnipeg donated the bronze statue and plaque, which was unveiled on Aug. 6, 1992.

Artist William Epp created the statue to permanently commemorate Lt. Colebourn and his famous bear.

Assiniboine Park opened The Pooh Gallery in April of this year; an exhibit that tells the story of how Winnie the Bear was taken to the London Zoo by Lt. Colebourn during the First World War. He named the bear Winnie in honour of his adopted hometown of Winnipeg.

Christopher Robin Milne was so taken with the bear, that his father A. A. Milne was inspired to include it in his 1926 book, Winnie-the-Pooh.

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