Fantastic Beasts Niffler lookalike born at Australia Zoo
Hide your shiny things
As the title says, there are plenty of fantastic beasts in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — but the one that charmed audiences most has to be the Niffler, a small platypus-like creature that loves hoarding anything and everything shiny.
Turns out, the magical species from J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world bears a striking resemblance to a real-life animal called the short-beaked echidna, and Australia’s Taronga Zoo has just gained three more of them.
The zoo announced on Nov. 18 — incidentally, the same day that Fantastic Beasts hit theaters — that it had welcomed a trio of baby short-beaked echidnas, the first birth of its kind in three decades. The babies, known as “puggles” (yes, really), hatched in August and are notoriously difficult to breed in captivity, the zoo said in a news release.
Following that announcement, Harry Potter fans and media outlets like Britain’s The Mirror took note of the puggles’ resemblance to Newt Scamander’s Niffler. The grown-up echidnas don’t look as niffler-like, so we’ll just have to enjoy this (and hide our shiny things) for now.
Take a look at the baby puggles (spotted via Uproxx) below.