Baby Bonobo Named Layla

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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.

    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.

    It's a Girl! Baby Bonobo Born at the FW Zoo

    [DFW] It's a Girl! Baby Bonobo Born at the FW Zoo
    Mother's Day came a month early for the Fort Worth Zoo, when a female bonobo gave birth on April 12.

    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.