The “Batman Returns” – at a Florida zoo.
The Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida, announced the birth of a spider monkey in a blog post. But it’s not just any spider monkey: The newborn has a unique marking in the form of the “Batman” symbol on its nose.
The “Bat Signal”, which shows the silhouette of a bat extending its wings, is used in the DC Comics series as a distress signal to summon Batman.
The strikingly marked baby was born on April 15 to 31-year-old female Rochelle and 25-year-old male Shooter.
“The youngster is doing well, sticking strongly to mother and breastfeeding successfully,” the zoo wrote. The sex of the young monkey is not yet known. The zoo noted that Rochelle is an experienced mother and that other members of the spider monkey group have monitored the mother and child.
Black spider monkeys, which are found throughout eastern South America, are classified as “vulnerable” to extinction, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Their population has declined due to the destruction of tropical rainforests and hunting.
“Every zoo birth is a safeguard against the loss of these precious species in their natural range,” says the Brevard Zoo.