Warning: This video of a mother gorilla and her baby will melt your heart

Apr 19, 2018
09:41 P.M.
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This mama gorilla looks very human in the way she is caring for her newborn baby boy. 


Calaya is a gorilla at the Smithsonian's National Zoo who recently gave birth to her baby. In the footage of her with the baby, who has been named Moke, she can been seen with a look of absolute adoration on her face. 

As reported by Simple Most, all Calaya wanted to do was to kiss and snuggle her baby, and she can also be seen cleaning him up from neonatal matter shortly after the birth. 

The loving mother was in awe of her little one, and the love in her eyes was evident as she held tightly to her precious little on. 


On April 6, the zoo shared photos of Calaya while she was still pregnant. At the time, zookeepers were keeping a close eye on her, knowing she was getting closer to delivery. 

“She was doing a lot of pacing and walking around,” Meredith Bastian, the zoo’s curator of primates, said. “She grabbed lots of blankets … She would wrap herself in them. She used them to brace herself a bit as she was pushing.” 


Bastian also shared how amazing it was for them to watch her give birth, and that most of the team had to choke back tears in the moment. 

Calaya is 15 years old, and is a Western lowland gorilla. Her baby boy is the first male gorilla to be born at the zoo in 9 years. His name, Moke, means "junior" or "little one" in the African language Lingala. 


Baraka, the baby's father, was also pleased to meet his newborn son, and gave a "pleasurable rumble" when he first saw him. This is a gorilla's way of expressing happiness. 

Calaya and Moke have since been spotted snuggling together by staff at the zoo. 

The Great Ape House, where Calaya and Moke live, has been reopened at the zoo, but it is mommy's choice whether she and her baby are put on display or not.