Many people believe this pet is possibly a reference to United States politician, Bernie Sanders. The launch was timely with the United State's election and the name is identical. However, Burnie Burns, also commonly spelled "Bernie Burns", contains the pun with "burn" or "burns" relating to "fire" or "firemaking" in his surname.
I'm not entirely sure if Jagex would had referenced United States politics. I believe, up until Bernie Sander's fame, that Burnie Burns had a larger impact on global entertainment and pop culture. Perhaps it is a Double entendre. 19:15, November 25, 2017 (UTC)
I obtained both woody and bernie, while cutting acadia trees with superheat form, almost at the same time (only a few logs apart). 220.127.116.11 12:46, February 24, 2018 (UTC)