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WATCH: Newborn Gorilla at the National Zoo Is Showered with Mom's Love & Kisses

April 16, 2018
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By Kayla Jardine/Joe Cingrana

It looks like this first-time mom couldn't help but shower her newborn with kisses.

Calaya is a 15-year-old western lowland gorilla living at Washington D.C.'s Smithsonian Zoo who was seen scooping up her newborn son right after giving birth, showing him instant affection.

The infant's name is "Moke," meaning little one in the Lingala language from the African Congo where the lowland gorilla is native. Zoo staff are currently allowing the two time to bond and Moke is yet to leave his mother's side.

Before the birth, trainers taught Calaya basic motherhood skills like kissing and nursing to enhance the likelihood she'll sufficiently care for her newborn.

Luckily, it looks like this mother picks up fast because she's been showering her little one with endless love!