In 1914 a Canadian soldier from Winnipeg named Harry Colebourn was travelling to Quebec on his way to be shipped overseas. He kept a detailed journal of his trip, and after stopping the night in Port Arthur, Ontario he wrote the following:
"Left Port Arthur 7 a.m. In train all day. Bought bear $20."I'm sure you, like myself, have many questions. Here are some of the answers:
- He bought the female bear cub from a hunter who had killed her mother.
- Colebourn was a veterinarian by trade, so him trying to help an animal is not unusual.
- Yes, he kept the bear.
- Yes, he brought it with him to basic training.
- Yes, he took it with him overseas.
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