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Still Waters

Gorilla gives birth at Smithsonian's Zoo

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As heavy rains engulfed Washington, D.C., last night, the city welcomed an eagerly awaited ape into the world. At 6:25 p.m., Moke—“little one” in Central Africa’s Lingala language—became the first male western lowland gorilla born at Smithsonian’s National Zoo in nine years.

In the minutes after giving birth, 15-year-old Calaya cradled her newborn in her arms. Since confirming the pregnancy last fall, Zoo staff had been hard at work preparing for the important addition to a species whose wild population has decreased by about 60 percent over the past quarter-century, due to disease and poaching. “The birth of this western lowland gorilla is very special and significant, not only to our Zoo family, but also to this critically endangered species as a whole,”

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/first-infant-gorilla-born-zoo-nine-years-180968812/

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MissJatti

Welcoming Moke into the world

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Iilaa'mpuul'xem

Awww.. isn't that just beautiful... 

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Katniss

So cute and precious. Welcome Moke!

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