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The Brevard Zoo Welcomes a Baby Spider Monkey With "Batman" Markings on Face

L. Cane

It's the time of year where Zoos across the country are welcoming baby animals. The Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida, is no exception. The Zoo recently welcomed a baby black-handed spider monkey with a unique "batman" marking on its face.

Details about the Baby's Family:

The baby was born to seasoned parents Rochelle (aka "Shelley") and Shooter. According to a blog post by the Zoo, the mother and baby are doing well, and other members of Shelley's family have shown an interest in the baby. Shelley and the baby are housed in the habitat of Rainforest Revealed.

The Baby's "Batman" Markings:

Although the gender of the baby is unknown, Zoo staff couldn't help but notice the unique markings on the baby's face that resemble the distress symbol from "the Batman" movies.

On an Instagram post, the Zoo captioned:

"Our newest spider monkey has a very ~unique~ marking on their face. We have not detected any signs of superpowers yet, but we will keep you posted."

Here is a video where you can see the baby and its mother.

Information about Black-Handed Spider Monkeys:

According to the IUCN Red List for Threatened Species, the black-handed spider monkey is listed as "vulnerable" because the monkey's population is decreasing. According to the Brevard Zoo, the monkeys are suffering habitat loss and are victims of the illegal pet trade.

In its blog post, the Zoo wrote:

"Every Zoo birth is a safeguard against losing these precious species in their natural range."

The Brevard Zoo is located at 8225 North Wickham Road, Melbourne, Florida, 32940. It is generally open from 9:30am to 5:00pm.

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