The baby Western lowland gorilla born at Dublin Zoo in April is to be called Asali, which means “honey” in Swahili, the zoo announced on Thursday.
The name was chosen from thousands of entries after a nationwide competition won by Ina Walsh from Athy, Co Kildare.
Staff at Dublin Zoo said they were delighted with the progress that Asali has made where she is being looked after by her parents and integrating well with the rest of the gorilla troop.
Asali has a “big personality” and has already begun to crawl around the habitat, the zoo said. She is “developing quickly” and currently weighs more than 4kg. She has six teeth and is “beginning to show an interest in solid food”.
Dublin Zoo team leader Helen Clarke Bennett said Asali is “bright, alert and extremely adventurous”.
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