By christina Wilkie - 02/17/11 12:02 AM EST
On Tuesday, Sens. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) co-sponsored the Wildlife Disease Emergency Act, legislation that would provide a fund within the Interior Department to respond to epidemics that affect wildlife. At the top of their list? White-nose syndrome, which affects bats.
Leahy has long had an association with bats. He appeared in cameo roles in the 1997 film “Batman and Robin” and the 2008 hit “The Dark Knight.”
For those unfamiliar with bat diseases, white-nose syndrome is named for a fungus that grows on bats’ noses and fatally spreads to the rest of their bodies.