"Hello!" Says Gopher
To Winnie The Pooh.
"I've Just Come Up
To Visit With You!"

A. A. Milne added Owl and Rabbit because he needed more characters for plot development. There was never a Rabbit or Owl animal owned by Christopher Robin. When Walt Disney studies started making vooks, movies and videos of the Winnie The Pooh stories they also felt this need for another character.

They added an engineering genius, Gopher, who constructed things needed by the characters in the Hundred Acre Woods. Since he was added by the Disney Studios, there are neither stories about Gopher by A. A. Milne, nor illustrations by E. H. Shepard..