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Baby gorilla thrives with Ohio human surrogates



Published: Thu, March 28, 2013 @ 1:00 p.m.

Baby gorilla thrives with Ohio human surrogates

CINCINNATI (AP) — A baby gorilla being raised temporarily by human surrogate parents is doing well — learning to roll over, sit up and getting ready to walk on all fours.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden primate specialists say “Gladys” is in good health and is developing and growing quickly with loving care from 10 humans imitating a gorilla mom’s behavior.

Her human caregivers are starting to focus on preparing her for a transition to a new gorilla family. They have been showing her to other gorillas and letting them touch her.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that zoo specialists think she will be ready within a few months.

She was born Jan. 29 at Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas, to a first-time mother who showed little maternal instinct.


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