Zoo welcomes birth of critically endangered western lowland baby gorilla

Gorilla Calaya cradles her newborn baby

Astonishing photographs and video from the National Zoo show the first interaction between a mother gorilla and her newborn baby.

A U.S. zoo has welcomed the birth of a male western lowland gorilla this week, a breed listed as critically endangered due to disease and poaching. His mother, a 15-year-old named Calaya, began caring for him shortly after his birth, which is an excellent sign for the first time mother because sometimes, new gorilla mothers are either unable or unwilling to care for their newborns.

The National Zoo on Sunday welcomed a baby Western lowland gorilla, the zoo announced Monday. "Doing so required great patience and dedication on the part of my team, and I am very proud of them and Calaya", Bastian said.

Woman spent most of her inheritance on drugs and says 'why not?' They had given Calaya motherhood lessons, including practicing with a stuffed gorilla toy. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the western lowland gorilla as critically endangered due to disease and poaching.

The mother can be seen cleaning, kissing and cradling Moke in the incredible video.

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Just like human moms going to maternity class, the Zoo helped Calaya learn the skills she would need to be a good mom.

Zookeepers have observed Calaya nursing the infant are "cautiously optimistic" that Moke will do well in her care. There are a lot of different personalities in this family troop, but they all work well together'.

Native to Central African Republic, Cameroon, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Republic of the Congo, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the lowland gorilla species adds one more to its dwindling number, and hopefully through conservation and other efforts, these creatures will thrive in the coming decades.

The zoo wrote on its Twitter page: "We're thrilled to share western lowland gorilla Calaya gave birth to a male at 6:25 p.m. 4/15".

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