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Former Woodland Park gorilla gives birth in Washington, D.C.

Calaya and her infant Moke in the Great Ape House at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. (Matt Spence, Smithsonian’s National Zoo)

WASHINGTON - A former Woodland Park Zoo gorilla has given birth at The Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

Calaya, a western lowland gorilla who moved from Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo to the National Zoo three years ago, gave birth at 6:25 p.m. Sunday.

The baby male was named Moke, which means "junior" or "little one" in the Lingala language.

Moke's mom has been caring for him and zoo officials say they're optimistic he we will do well.

The father is the National Zoo’s 425-pound Baraka, who quickly bonded with Calaya after her arrival there from Seattle.

Calaya became pregnant in August.

The zoo said in a statement that the baby gorilla’s birth was "very special and significant" due to the western lowland gorilla's critically endangered status.

The zoo has six gorillas.

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