It could have been a promotion to promote a special event? Perhaps the charity organizers were floating a balloon that looked like the Winnie-the-Pooh character? But not the case. Britain's Telegraph reported "the jolly bear appeared in the sky [in a cloud formation] above an event for the Children's Heart Surgery Fund -- presumably, it was hunting for honey."
Winnie-the-Pooh [aka "Pooh Bear"] first came to life in a collection of stories by A. A. Milne in 1926 and has delighted people of all ages over the years. As a fictional anthropomorphic teddy bear, he along with his fellow fictional characters were acquired by Walt Disney Productions in 1961. In popular film adaptions, Pooh Bear appeared in a series of features that would eventually become one of the most successful children story franchises of all time.
In the Milne books, Pooh is characterized as naive and slow-witted, but he is also friendly, thoughtful and steadfast. Although he and his friends agree that he is "a bear of very little brain," Pooh is occasionally acknowledged to have a clever idea, usually driven by common sense. These include riding in Christopher Robin's umbrella to rescue Piglet from a flood, discovering "the North Pole" by picking it up to help fish Roo out of the river, inventing the game of Poohsticks, and getting Eeyore out of the river by dropping a large rock on one side of him to wash him towards the bank.
Winnie-The-Pooh The Little Black Rain Cloud
Perhaps the idea for Pooh to show up as real-life cloud was influenced by one his fictional stories, where he assumed the character of "The Little Black Rain Cloud." In the feature, Pooh and Christopher Robin sing in a duet about the black rain cloud.
Winnie the Pooh:
I'm just a little black rain cloud
Hovering under the honey tree
I'm only a little black rain cloud
Pay no attention to little me
Pooh and Christopher Robin:
Oh, everyone knows that a rain cloud
Never eats honey, no, not a nip
Winnie the Pooh:
I'm just floating around over the ground
Wondering where I will drip
Veracity of the cloud . . .
The photo was captured during the outdoor children’s charity event. The group is a charity that gives support to children and adults born with Congenital Heart Defects and their families. It provides equipment, resources, and research.
The internet went wild over the photo of the cloud, which resulted in critics doubting it's veracity. In a Global Citizen report, Cassie Carothers posed the following question about the cloud: "Is it Photo-shopped? Who knows. And it doesn't really matter. It's a magical sight that is bringing people joy."
I agree Cassie. In today's harsh cultural and political crime on the geopolitical landscape, we need a little magic -- to lift us up -- to join those kids, with their heads in the clouds. As Pooh would put it: "Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart."
Primary Source: The Telegraph