- Amazon’s ‘Troop Zero’ gives the underdog movie a stylized re-do 2 Years Ago
- No, the first words of Trump’s tweets don’t match up to lyrics of ‘Break My Stride’ Sunday 10:28 PM
- White woman demanding strangers ‘repent’ for Christ sparks conversation on mental illness and racism Sunday 9:27 PM
- Amtrak employee asked a NAACP lawyer to move from her train seat Sunday 7:54 PM
- Billie Eilish fans riot after being referred to as ‘Avocados’ Sunday 4:37 PM
- Beyhive coming for Sainsbury’s supermarket over Ivy Park shade Sunday 3:17 PM
- Antique store blasted for selling ‘white only’ signs Sunday 1:45 PM
- DaBaby explains altercation with hotel employee after video goes viral Sunday 12:32 PM
- Kanye faces backlash for headlining Christian event with anti-LGBTQ leaders Sunday 10:31 AM
- Why is Yennefer of Vengerberg so different in Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’? Sunday 10:00 AM
- Actress slammed for ‘acid attack-face’ TikTok challenge Sunday 9:46 AM
- ‘Weathering With You’ blends fantasy and realism in a magical love story Saturday 6:18 PM
- Kidnapped teen used Snapchat to get rescued Saturday 4:35 PM
- What fans do and don’t want to see in future ‘Far Cry’ installments Saturday 4:26 PM
- Aaron Carter accused of stealing lion art for merch Saturday 3:10 PM
On April 15, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., was blessed with a new addition to its family: a newborn western lowland gorilla named Moke, which means “junior” or “little one” in Lingala.
❤️🦍 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
The short video, posted to Twitter the next day, shows his mother, 15-year-old Calaya, kissing and bonding with her new baby. Of course, it had everyone all emotional.
Welcome Moke!! Congratulations to Calaya!! So precious ❤️🦍— Jenniffer Tobar (@fefer4u) April 16, 2018
My heart is breaking ❤️ what a lovely delicate moment by such a strong being.— harlawlass (@harlawlass) April 16, 2018
My heart just exploded. ❤❤❤❤❤ https://t.co/H5O3I3L9Mo— Doc's Daughter (@serbgeek1) April 17, 2018
MY EMOTIONS https://t.co/p6Nk7AG1OO— Kelley (@nanogeekette) April 17, 2018
I'm not crying, you're crying https://t.co/wjI9E8EQlU— merrio (@merriospa) April 17, 2018
If you are interested, and think you can handle it, there is also a longer video showing the moment Moke actually entered the world. Just know it’s not for the faint of heart.
“The birth of this western lowland gorilla is very special and significant,” said Meredith Bastian, the zoo’s curator of primates, “not only to our Zoo family but also to this critically endangered species as a whole.”
“The primate team’s goal was to set Calaya up for success as best we could, given that she is a first-time mother,” she continued. “Doing so required great patience and dedication on the part of my team, and I am very proud of them and Calaya.”
The zoo says they are “cautiously optimistic” that young Moke will be grow up to be a big strong gorilla. They have temporarily closed the great ape house to allow Calaya time to bond with her infant.
H/T Daily News
David Britton is a writer and comedian based in Rhinebeck, New York who focuses on internet culture, memes, and viral news stories. He also writes for the Hard Times and is the creator of StoriesAboutWizards.com.