Philadelphia Zoo opens gorilla name to vote

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Philadelphia Zoo has a new gorilla on its hands, and the general public will be invited to choose a name. But there's a catch.

Born on August 26 and introduced to the public on the 31st, the unnamed baby gorilla is the first to be delivered at the zoo in about 20 years, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Its 21-year-old mother, Honi, has been cradling it so securely that zoo staff don't yet know whether the newborn is male or female.

The baby's name will be decided by the result of a public contest, the Inquirer noted, but the chances of it being named in memory of Cincinnati Zoo inhabitant and 2016 meme Harambe are slim to none.

Perhaps mindful of the fate of research vessel the RRS Sir David Attenborough (christened Boaty McBoatface in an online vote) or that of rapper Pitbull when he was sent by web users to perform in Kodiak, Alaska, the zoo will provide a shortlist of names to choose from.

"We want to thank so many for your outpouring of support and genuine excitement around the birth of a new baby gorilla," it wrote on Instagram.

"In the coming weeks, as the baby's gender is determined, we will be working with our thoughtful and committed keeper staff to develop suggested names that we would like help from our community in finalizing."

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