Posted Online: Nov. 13, 2012, 12:36 pm

Baby gorilla born at Chicago zoo is a girl; mom now interested in computers

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In this Oct. 15, 2012 photo provided by the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, a newborn western lowland gorilla, born on Oct. 11, cuddles with its mother Bana, 17, at the zoo. The baby has yet to be sexed or named and appears to be doing well. Zookeepers and vets will closely monitor Bana and her baby to ensure they continue to do well, as the first few weeks are critical in the survival of newborn gorillas. (AP Photo/Courtesy of the Lincoln Park Zoo, Tony Gnau)

CHICAGO (AP) Lincoln Park Zoo staffers finally got close enough to a western lowland gorilla born there last month to determine the baby is a girl.

Officials at the Chicago zoo say once staffers determined the baby's sex they moved quickly to name the little girl Patty. The name is in honor of the mother-in-law of a zoo life trustee. The zoo reports that since giving birth, Patty's mother, 17-year-old Bana has gone through positive changes.

The zoo says she's suddenly interested in a research project that has apes and staffers use computer touchscreens to communicate with each other. The zoo says she's become more confident about approaching researchers and not deferring to other gorillas that monopolize the computer.