Wait...Winnie the Pooh Is Actually a Girl?!

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File this one under when you find out your whole childhood was a lie.

As it turns out, the real Winnie the Pooh is not a clumsy British teddy bear – and he's not even a he. According to a new picture book, Finding Winnie, Pooh is actually a Canadian girl, named after a black bear from London Zoo named Winnipeg, Bustle reported.

The book was written by Lindsay Mattick, the great-granddaughter of the soldier who brought Winnie to England. Lieutenant Harry Colebourn bought Winnie for just $20 during the First World War, and they were inseparable, until Harry had to go with his unit to France and had to leave her at London Zoo.

Winnie wasn't alone for too long, though. Not long after Harry headed to France, she made a new best friend – a little boy named Christopher Robin who loved to visit the zoo. Christopher loved Winnie so much that he named his toy bear after her, and his dad happened to be A.A. Milne, who went on to write the classic Winnie the Pooh books.

Lindsay wrote the book because she wanted her children to know about their family legacy, and to show everyone just how loved the real Winnie was.

Mind = blown.

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