As so often, it was reader and science communicator Amy Carparelli (@AmyAmylou1993 on Twitter) who brought this to my attention.

John Nolan is making animatronic animals at his studio in London for use as spy animals. They’re for use in the filming of an upcoming documentary series.

Spy Pup by John Downer

The first is a meerkat pup, which the video says has taken months to design and build. They obviously have to make the animatronic animals look as realistic as possible so the real animals will act normally around them.



McVittie’s Jaffa Cakes

Previous work by Nolan includes the cute little tarsier in the British McVittie’s jaffa cakes advert.



Knurt the Troll of WitchWorld

Nolan is also responsible for this amazing creature, Knurt the troll. He’s now on display at the WitchWorld theme park in Monsteras, Sweden. I can’t believe how lifelike he is. (Or how much he reminds me of someone I know! 🙂 )



John Nolan is clearly an astonishing talent and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next. Just click on the link on his name at the top if you want to see more example of his work.



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