Have you seen Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them yet? If so, then you most likely fell head over heels for Niffler - a sweet and funny beast who just can't get enough of shiny objects. (Psst... if you haven't seen the brilliant film yet, then what are you waiting for!?)
While Niffler is of course an adorable beast created by author J.K. Rowling, it turns out that there actually are tiny animals in the real world that bear an uncanny resemblance them.
Introducing the very rare Echidnas, who are known as puggles when they’re young and can be found at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia.
It's a baby boom that's been nearly 30 years in the making! We're excited to introduce you to our three new echidna puggles: http://bit.ly/2f6dlCrPosted by Taronga Zoo on Thursday, 17 November 2016
According to scientists, puggles are actually very difficult to breed. But amazingly (or magically, some might say...) three new births were announced right before this film's release last week.
"The puggles have just opened their eyes and begun to develop their characteristic spines in the safety and warmth of their respective nursery burrows in Taronga's new echidna breeding facility," Taronga Zoo announced in a media release.
While echidnas don't have Niffler's knack for pickpocketing, they DO have the same adorable snout and soft brown fur body as their Fantastic Beasts counterparts. Does this mean that Bowtruckles are real too? We wouldn't mind having our very own Pickett living in our pocket!
Last but by no means least, Pickett the bowtruckle got to come to the premiere, courtesy of a very talented fan! pic.twitter.com/6ILUufS0IS— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) November 11, 2016