The gorilla has 15 teeth and a vaccine against the flu. (Photo of the Smithsonian National Zoo) It is generally accepted that monkeys are parents. A little thought might indicate that the time has come for the national zoo's gorilla to get the flu shot. And in fact, the seven-month-old western plains western gorilla was vaccinated for the first time last month, according to the zoo. In case of doubt, scientific studies have shown that gorillas, just like their human cousins, are actually susceptible to the flu. The zoo said Friday that the baby, named Moke, had received the vaccine, "in accordance with our health care plan". The details were not immediately available, and the date of the shooting, as well as other information, could not be learned at one time. It was unclear what kind of needle had been used to inoculate Moke or in which arm the vaccine had been administered. Or how he reacted. Did he give a grimace to the gorilla? However, it seems that it is carefully observed. When he walked on a scale in his pen, the zoo said the reading was 12.6 pounds. That indicates an increase of nearly one pound last month, the zoo said. In addition, when the animal, excited about the game, opened his mouth wide, as the dentists often ask, it was possible to see in his mouth, according to the zoo. This allowed a census of teeth. The count was 15, said a goalkeeper on the zoo's website. .