VIDEO: Gorilla born at Smithsonian National Zoo

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The Smithsonian National Zoo is celebrating the birth of a western lowland gorilla — the first time a male has been born at the Washington, D.C. zoo in nine years.

Moke arrived at 6:25 p.m. Sunday. His name is from the Lingala language and means “junior” or “little one.” Zoo staff members say he’s bonding with his mother, Calaya, and video shows her cleaning him after he was born.

“The primate team’s goal was to set Calaya up for success as best we could, given that she is a first-time mother,” said Meredith Bastian, the curator of primates. “Doing so required great patience and dedication on the part of my team, and I am very proud of them and Calaya.”

Western lowland gorillas are critically endangered, so the zoo says it is thrilled to have a new addition to the family.

Watch the full video of the birth below:

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