Trilby Beresford
November 22, 2016 10:24 am
Instagram/Taronga Zoo

If you’ve seen Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, you’ll probably have fond memories of the fuzzy little niffler who verifiably stole the show by literally stealing shiny objects and hiding them on his painfully cute furry body. And hey, it turns out he was based on a REAL animal! Whaaaaaat?!

According to Uproxx, several were just born at an Australian zoo, and if you’re wondering what exactly the animals are…they’re baby echidnas (a species of spiny anteater), known affectionately as puggles.

Awwwwww! Even their names are cute!

Their birth actually holds special importance for Australia and its wildlife, as Taronga Zoo in Sydney has reportedly been trying to breed them in captivity for thirty years. Their current batch is healthy and doing remarkably well!

And as well as being impossibly cute animals, CNN reports that these puggles have a relaxing life as youngsters.

FYI, when puggles grow up, they look like this.

Okay, so we’re officially in love with puggles! And we also love that they (or a version of them) got their time to shine on the big screen.

You learn something new every day…

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