Smithsonian Gorilla's Motherly Affection To Newborn Goes Viral

posted by Bryan Black -

Calaya, a 15-year-old Gorilla at the Smithsonian Natinoal Zoo in Washington, D.C., gave birth to her very first baby 3 days ago. His name is Moke, and he's the first to be born there in 9 years!

What's most touching is the footage the zoo caught of Calaya, even as inexperienced as she is, cradling and nurturing her newborn with so much motherly affection.

Check it out: 

It's being reported that Moke's dad watched "from a respectable distance," naturally, as the birth took place and a "pleasure rumble" ensued upon the delivery's end between dad and other gorilla friends.

Here's an update:

🦍 Western lowland gorilla Calaya and her newborn, Moke, have spent today resting and bonding in the Great Ape House. According to the primate team, Calaya is providing excellent care to Moke and has been nursing and cradling him closely. The other gorillas in the troop are curious about the new arrival! While Baraka has been “laid-back” toward his offspring, Mandara and Kibibi have shown lots of interest in Moke. Calaya has allowed them to approach and get a close look at him while he nurses and sleeps. #GorillaStory #WeSaveSpecies (Link in our profile.)

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