If they liked being with him, then why would they try to escape all the time?

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    Because they're mischievous. – Valorum Mar 17 '17 at 16:04
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    So you've never had a cat that loved you but wanted to poke your eyes out when you don't let it go play outside? – Gallifreyan Mar 17 '17 at 16:25
  • I imagine they were for the most part captured against their will before Newt then tamed them. Humans help animals throughout the wild in reality but that still doesn't mean the animals go "Oh yes please I'd love to climb into your vehicle," etc. – ThruGog Mar 18 '17 at 17:26
  • They're mostly wild animals that are unable to understand that he's captured them for their protection and survival. It doesn't imply he was mistreating them. – TheMathemagician Apr 4 '17 at 10:37

The only beasts that escaped had a specific reason for leaving the suitcase.

(Almost) all of the beasts had a specific reason for leaving. Let's go through the list:

  • Niffler


    This animal loves shiny things, and can't get enough of them. We see what Hagrid says:

    "These're nifflers," said Hagrid, when the class had gathered around. "Yeh find 'em down mines mostly. They like sparkly stuff... There yeh go, look."
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, chapter 28

    He only went out to collect more shiny stuff.

  • The Murtlap


    This beast jumps out and attacks Jacob when he opens Newt's monstrous suitcase. It's only defending itself!

  • Erumpent


    This is the rhino-like thingy. It was in heat - it was looking for a mate. That's why Jacob got in such big trouble when he gets doused with the pheromones.

  • Occamy


    This is the blue snake-like animal.

    You'll recall that the egg fell out of Newt's pocket - apparently this hatched out of it, so technically this was never in the suitcase.

  • Demiguise


    This is the invisible creature, whose hair can be woven into Invisibility Cloaks.

    Newt states why this one escaped - he learned from Newt, and was looking after the Occamy.

  • Billywig


    This the blue bug. I'm not quite sure why it escaped. But it's a bug, and you know that bugs go everywhere...

  • Bowtruckle


    This was just following Newt around, as he really really liked him :P. It wasn't trying to get away.


Newt may have originally captured them against their will, as they were wild animals, but they were tamed. The only ones that escaped did so not because they felt imprisoned, but for other reasons.

All images taken from the Harry Potter Wiki.

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