A reported surge in the number of black cats being adopted in the US has been linked with the huge success of the Black Panther film.
The Marvel movie has been acclaimed by fans and critics alike since its release earlier this month, with the film recently achieving the rare honour of attaining a 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The success of Black Panther has also reportedly sparked a renewed interest among fans of the film in black cats, with an increase at adoptions in some animal shelters across the US apparently correlating with the huge hype surrounding the movie.
As claimed by a much-shared Tumblr post by gallusrostromegalus, one animal shelter in Colorado has seen between 50 and 60 black cats being adopted in a short space of time following the release of Black Panther.
“Unexpected Benefit of Black Panther: my local pet shelters went from having something like 50-60 black cats between them to having NONE, because they’ve all been adopted out and named after the characters,” the post reads. “’T’challa’ is the most popular, but there are a fair number of ‘Okoye’s and ‘Shuri’s as well.
“And one very confused Elderly Humane Society Volunteer wondering why someone would name such a sweet cat ‘Killmonger’,” the post concludes.
Another shelter in Texas held a black cat adoption event in conjunction with a special screening of Black Panther.
However, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) told Buzzfeed that it hadn’t seen a widespread increase in the adoption of black cats across the US as a result of the release of Black Panther.
In other Black Panther news, Kendrick Lamar has voiced his openness to having a starring role in the sequel.