In a remarkable video taken just after the birth, the male western lowland gorilla is seen being kissed by his mother at Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in Washington on Sunday.
Moke, which means “junior” or “little one” in the Lingala language, was born at 6.25pm.
❤️🦍 We're thrilled to share western lowland gorilla Calaya gave birth to a male at 6:25 p.m. 4/15. His name, Moke, means “junior” or “little one” in the Lingala language. Keepers report that Calaya has been caring for her infant & are optimistic he will thrive. #GorillaStory pic.twitter.com/qeoJgw57gi— National Zoo (@NationalZoo) April 16, 2018