By Andrea Romano
April 17, 2018
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Calaya, a 15-year-old Western Lowland gorilla at Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., warmed hearts across the internet when the zoo posted a video of her bonding with her new baby, Moke. 

In the video, Calaya showers her newborn with kisses and cuddles as she cleans him off, proving those first few tender moments between a mother and her baby are special for gorillas, too. 

Moke is the first Western Lowland gorilla to be born in just under a decade, according to 9 News. The species is considered “critically endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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Moke means “junior” or “little one” in the Lingala language, if he’s not already cute enough for you.

Since Moke’s birth is a huge advance for the survival of the species, animal care staff is keeping a close eye on the newborn as Calaya nurses him through his first stages of life. Moke is currently a very healthy gorilla and the zoo is confident he will thrive. So if you love cute baby animals and mother-son bonding, it might be time to plan a trip to our nation's capital.

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