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Zoo's baby gorilla makes public debut

Mom "Asha" clutches her 1-week-old western lowland gorilla Tuesday morning at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. (Photo: FOX19/Mike Woeste) Mom "Asha" clutches her 1-week-old western lowland gorilla Tuesday morning at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. (Photo: FOX19/Mike Woeste)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden officially introduced its 1-week-old western lowland gorilla Tuesday morning to the community.

Mondika, pronounced "Mondeeka," was born Aug. 4 to 11-year-old Asha.

"Because Asha is being such a good mom, holding this little one close, nursing, and gently cleaning the baby, we have not yet been able to determine the sex," Zoo Executive Director Thane Maynard said last week. "The baby appears very healthy, strong, and active and we could not be more pleased with how Asha is handling her new role as mom."

Related: First video of Asha's baby on YouTube

Mother and baby were outside Tuesday morning, however zoo officials were still unable to determine Mondika's gender. The baby gorilla will be nicknamed "Mona" if it's a girl or "Mondo" if it's a boy.

The Zoo will continue to post updates on its website, Facebook page and Twitter using #babygorilla with important announcements, images, and milestones.

The Cincinnati Zoo is now home to nine western lowland gorillas, including the father, silverback Jomo, and the rest of his family, Samantha, M'Linzi, Anju, and Gladys.

Related: Cincinnati Zoo welcomes baby gorilla

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