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Philadelphia zoo gorilla births baby boy!

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Published : Jun 29, 2017, 8:51 pm IST
Updated : Jun 29, 2017, 8:51 pm IST

New mum picks up name from boxes given to her.

FILE - In this file photo provided by the Philadelphia Zoo a newly born western lowland gorilla rests on its mother Kira in Philadelphia. The baby gorilla finally has a name and his mother picked it out. The zoo says keepers decorated boxes with three name choices and filled them with treats. Whichever box mom Kira went to first would be the baby's name. Kira headed straight for the box labeled
 FILE - In this file photo provided by the Philadelphia Zoo a newly born western lowland gorilla rests on its mother Kira in Philadelphia. The baby gorilla finally has a name and his mother picked it out. The zoo says keepers decorated boxes with three name choices and filled them with treats. Whichever box mom Kira went to first would be the baby's name. Kira headed straight for the box labeled "Ajabu." (Philadelphia Zoo via AP, File)

Philadelphia: A new baby gorilla at the Philadelphia Zoo finally has a name and his mother picked it out.

The zoo says keepers decorated boxes with three name choices and filled them with treats.

Kira, the mom gorilla, went straight to the box labeled "Ajabu" (ah-JAH'-boo). The name means "miracle" in Swahili.

The zoo partnered with the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center in the Democratic Republic of Congo to generate a list of names. The two others were Wasingya (Wa-SEEN'-jah), which means "thank you very much"; and Lwanzo (La-WAN'-zoh), which means "love."

Ajabu was born this month with the help of a team of veterinarians and medical doctors because of particular health concerns with the mom and the baby.

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