How to Properly Care for your Fantastic Beasts (Edition 1)
As you are probably already well aware, there are several dozen types of beasts that make themselves at home in our world. In fact, unbeknownst to the Muggles, many have recently taken up residence in their world as well.
Naturally, some of these fantastic beasts are more friendly than others and you may even be able to keep some of them as pets. However, before you take on this type of venture, you must first learn how to care for these beasts. This is a subject that is well-taught at Hogwarts, but here is some general information you will want to keep in mind about some of the more familiar creatures.
The great Rubeus Hagrid actually created these fantastic creatures. To make them, he crossed Manticores and Fire Crabs. Some have described them to look similar to a headless lobster. Unfortunately, it isn’t known what these skrewts eat, so a little trial and error may be in store for you. Hagrid wound up breeding several hundred of these, but wasn’t able to care for them properly. Therefore, you will want to be extremely careful with them. Keep in mind that they don’t play well with others, so keeping one as a sole pet will be the best option.
If you take care of these lovely creatures the right way, they are pretty loyal and loving. However, keep in mind that they won’t take up with just anyone. You must be extremely careful how you approach them and present your friendship offer with care. To properly feed your Hippogriff, you will need a collection of small mammals, insects and even birds. In a pinch, you may even be able to feed them worms. In order to stay safe, you must always approach your Hippogriff with the proper etiquette. Maintain eye contact and allow the beast to make the first move.
This beautiful bird is large and proud. Generally speaking, they are a gentle bird and are herbivores, so make sure you have a healthy supply of leaves and other yummy Phoenix friendly foods on hand. It is important to understand the different cycles the Phoenix goes through. For example, regularly the bird will go through what is called Burning Day. Its eyes will dull and their feathers will begin to fall out. To many, it will appear as though they are coming to the end of their life. Eventually, they will burst into flames only to rise again from the ashes. Because of this unique trait, these birds will live for an extremely long time.
Taking on the care of this giant spider is not for the faint of heart. In fact, if the spider doesn’t take to your care properly, you might just find yourself becoming its late night snack. Typically, these spiders enjoy living in dense jungles, so the first thing you will need is the proper environment. They do tend to enjoy eating humans, so you will want to keep them filled up on other types of foods instead. Building a great relationship with the beast is the best way to stay safe and happy. It is also important to note that these spiders are venomous and produce venom when they are excited. They also will click their pinchers if they are feeling agitated, so beware if yours begins doing this. To pay for the proper care for the spider, you may be able to sell some of the venom it creates, but this could be a dangerous venture.
Naturally, being well equipped to care for these fantastic beasts is important if you plan to keep them long-term. While they are all beautiful, they can be very dangerous to Muggles and Wizards alike. For this reason, you should never bring a beast home until you are properly trained to care for it the right way.