San Francisco Zoo Debuts Adorable Baby Gorilla

Earlier this year, a baby gorilla was born at the San Francisco Zoo. The 5-month old gorilla had her public debut at the zoo Dec. 21. Click through to see her baby photos.

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May Woon and Marianne Hale / San Francisco Zoo
Earlier this year, a new, adorable baby gorilla was born at the San Francisco Zoo. The 5-month old gorilla had her public debut at the zoo Dec. 21. Click through to see more baby photos
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May Woon and Marianne Hale / San Francisco Zoo
The female baby gorilla has been named Kabibe, zoo officials announced last week.
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May Woon and Marianne Hale / San Francisco Zoo
On July 17, the 5-pound, 1-ounce healthy female western lowland gorilla was born to parents Nneka and Oscar Jonesy.
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May Woon and Marianne Hale / San Francisco Zoo
Her grandmother, the 33-year-old matriarch of the gorilla troop, Bawang, is taking on the role of caretaker for the baby, zoo officials said.
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Kabibe holds on tight as she goes for a ride on her grandmother.
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May Woon and Marianne Hale / San Francisco Zoo
The public voted on the baby's name and Kabibe, which means "little lady" in Swahili, earned a majority of the votes, zoo spokeswoman Abbie Tuller said.
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May Woon and Marianne Hale / San Francisco Zoo
The other choices for the baby girl's name were Malaika, which means "heavenly messenger" in Swahili, and Kenura, which means "joy" in Kikuyu.
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May Woon and Marianne Hale / San Francisco Zoo
Grandma gorilla Bawang instantly assumed the role of adoptive mother of the infant and they have been together ever since.
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May Woon and Marianne Hale / San Francisco Zoo
Over the last month, the care of the infant has slowly been transitioned from Zoo animal staff to the infant’s western lowland gorilla family.
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May Woon and Marianne Hale / San Francisco Zoo
Grandma gorilla Bawang climbs while holding baby Kabibe at the San Francisco Zoo.
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Grandma gorilla Bawang carries baby Kabibe at the San Francisco Zoo.
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May Woon and Marianne Hale / San Francisco Zoo
Baby Kabibe takes a ride on her Grandmother Bawang.
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May Woon and Marianne Hale / San Francisco Zoo
Grandma gorilla Bawang has been caring for baby Kabibe at the San Francisco Zoo.
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May Woon and Marianne Hale / San Francisco Zoo
Grandma gorilla Bawang carries baby Kabibe at the San Francisco Zoo.
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