WATCH: BABY GORILLA BORN AT THE SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL ZOO

A baby western lowland gorilla was born over the weekend at Washington, D.C.'s Smithsonian National Zoo, the first such birth there in almost a decade. The male baby is named Moke (mo-KEY), which means "little one" or "junior" in Lingala, a language spoke in the Congo. The was the first baby for Moke's mother, Calaya, and keepers prepared her for motherhood by showing her photos of mother gorillas and giving her a plush gorilla toy to touch, kiss and practice nursing. Lowland gorillas are a critically endangered species.

 
 

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