Unlike other animal friends, why would Eeyore does not have an animal-like name such as "mule" or "donkey"?
Actually, most of the characters in this series have names that are connected in some way to the animal that inspired them. For example, Kanga, Roo, and Tigger have names similar to Kangaroo and Tiger. Eeyore is an onomatopoeic spelling of the sound that a donkey makes when it brays, which sounds something like \EE-aw\ according to British English.
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