Baby Bonobo Named Layla

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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.

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    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.