The Smithsonian’s National Zoo welcomed a boy western lowland gorilla into the world, which is cause for celebration as he is the first baby in 9 years! They referred to him as Moke, which is short for “small one,” notes pintiks.
After giving birth to her baby, the mother was seen on camera kissing him on the lips. Before her third year in the zoo, Calaya, a 15-year-old mother gorilla, mated with Baraka, a 26-year-old 450-pound gorilla.
Given the recent 20–25 year decline in the number of wild western lowland gorillas, this birth is very noteworthy. What a wonderful time!
See the video down below.