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Ohio zoo's abandoned baby gorilla finds new mother



Published: Mon, July 1, 2013 @ 8:45 p.m.

CINCINNATI (AP) — An abandoned baby gorilla from Texas has found a new mother among her own kind at the Cincinnati Zoo after spending months with humans acting as surrogate parents.

The 5-month-old female Western lowland gorilla named Gladys has bonded with a 30-year-old gorilla named M’Linzi since they were introduced in mid-June, with the older gorilla showing maternal care by carrying, comforting and sleeping with Gladys, the Cincinnati Zoo said today.

Gladys was born Jan. 29 at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. After her mother rejected her, she was moved in February to Cincinnati, where a team of caregivers dressed in black outfits and fur vests provided around-the-clock care and taught her to act like a gorilla.


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