A Fan-Favorite From ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Is Real, And Several Were Just Born At An Australian Zoo

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Whether or not Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was enough to satisfy fans of the Harry Potter franchise (or Warner Bros. executives) remains to be seen. However, one thing is clear — the niffler was the character “who really stole the show.” Audiences at most screenings couldn’t contain themselves whenever the black, fuzzy, wealth-hungry burrower was onscreen, and when they all find out about its real-world equivalent, everyone will probably book a trip to Australia as soon as they’re able to afford the airfare.

As the Mirror and several other outlets point out, the niffler bears a striking resemblance to the puggle. (Yes, it’s called a puggle, FFS.) The creature written about in Newt Scamander’s titular book, which appears in the new film, is described by author J.K. Rowling as a “fluffy, black and long-snouted” creature with a penchant for burrowing, searching for, and keeping “anything glittery.” Puggles, on the other hand, are actually baby echidnas — a species of short-beaked anteaters native to Australia and New Guinea.

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