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Baby gorilla named after Bristol zookeeper's stillborn daughter

Touni and her new daughter. Photo: Bristol Zoo Gardens

A six-week-old baby gorilla has been named after the stillborn daughter of one of the keepers at her zoo.

Keepers at Bristol Zoo Gardens asked members of the public to vote for three names, all inspired by the name Daisy.

Daisy was the name of the baby daughter of one of the zoo's keepers, born exactly four years before the baby gorilla.

The bright-eyed primate will be named Ayana, meaning "pretty flower" in Ethiopian - which was a clear winner in the vote.

Keepers say the new baby gorilla is progressing well. Credit: Bristol Zoo Gardens

Lynsey Bugg, curator of mammals at Bristol Zoo, said: "Sadly Daisy was stillborn and we thought this would be a lovely tribute to her." The other names put forward were Fleur, French for flower, and Undama, meaning "beautiful flower" in Swahili.

Ayana, a Western lowland gorilla, was born in the early hours of April 22 to mother Touni and silverback gorilla father Jock.

The new addition arrived at the end of April. Credit: Bristol Zoo Gardens

Touni has been at the zoo since September 2015 after coming from the La Vallee des Singes zoo in France, as a breeding partner for Jock.

The new baby takes the number of gorillas living at the zoo to eight.