10 African painted dog pups at Cincinnati Zoo now have Batman-themed names

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ten African painted dog pups at the Cincinnati Zoo have names.

The pups born in January were named by keepers and have unique markings that help staff identify them. The males are Hugo, Alfred, Riddler, Oswald, Luke and Bruce. The females are Lucy, Quinn, Ivy and Selina.

Zoo officials say the names are from characters found in Batman movies, TV shows and comics.

Visitors will be able to see the pups starting in mid-April depending on the weather.

Officials say about 534 painted dogs are in zoos worldwide. They are known for their large, round ears and multi-colored coats.

There were more than 500,000 of the dogs in 39 countries at the turn of the 20th century. Only about 3,000 painted dogs are now in five African countries combined.