Baby Bonobo Named Layla

By Elvira Sakmari
|  Friday, May 28, 2010  |  Updated 6:00 PM CDT
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Mother's Day came a month early for the Fort Worth Zoo, when a female bonobo gave birth on April 12.

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The female bonobo born April 12 at the Fort Worth Zoo finally has a name.

After more than 1,300 votes, the public named her Layla, which means "dark beauty" in Swahili.

Sort of a fitting name for 20-year-old Lucy's third offspring with partner 34-year-old Kevin.

Other names offered up for voting included Abeni, Azize, Gigi and Kioni.

Kelly Giadrosich of Fort Worth was chosen as the grand prize winner, and receives a Fort Worth Zoo t-shirt, bonobo plush toy, framed 4x6 photo of Layla, and a family four-pack of tickets to the zoo.

Layla lives with the current troop of six bonobos living at the Fort Worth Zoo's "World of Primates" exhibit.

The bonobo is a highly endangered species closely related to the chimpanzee. Bonobos are native to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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