This Saturday 18th January is Winnie-the-Pooh Day and to celebrate their most famous resident ZSL London Zoo is offering free entry to all kids who bring their own bear along*
First published in October 1926, Winnie-the-Pooh was named after a Canadian black bear called Winnie, who was much loved by author A. A. Milne’s son Christopher Robin who often visited the Zoo.
Winnie arrived at London Zoo in December 1914, the mascot of a Canadian regiment who were in training on Salisbury Plain. Named after the town of Winnipeg where the lieutenant in charge of her lived, it was decided that Winnie should be left her in the full-time care of the Zoo’s keepers once the war ended.
While visiting on Saturday, fans of the childhood classic can visit the Winnie statue at the heart of the Zoo – giving her nose a traditional rub for good luck – and share a selfie using the hashtag #WinnieThePoohDay.
To find out more about visiting ZSL London go to www.zsl.org.
*Offer redeemable this Saturday 18th January only. Under 17s admitted free of charge with a paying adult if accompanied by a Winnie-the-Pooh teddy bear or alternative piece of Winnie-the-Pooh memorabilia.
Image: Winnie the bear and Christopher Robin Milne (c) Zoological Society of London