Ohio zoo's baby gorilla has human surrogate moms
by Associated Press Wire
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Ashley Chance pets a three-month-old western lowland gorilla named Gladys as she sleeps in her lap Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at the outdoor gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo in Cincinnati. The baby gorilla was born Jan. 29 at a Texas zoo to a first-time mother who wouldn't care for her. Zoo workers and volunteers are acting as surrogate mothers to prepare the baby to be introduced to two female gorillas at the Cincinnati Zoo who might accept her. Humans acting as surrogate mothers wear vests and materials to make them appear more like a gorilla. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
Ashley Chance pets a three-month-old western lowland gorilla named Gladys as she sleeps in her lap Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at the outdoor gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo in Cincinnati. The baby gorilla was born Jan. 29 at a Texas zoo to a first-time mother who wouldn't care for her. Zoo workers and volunteers are acting as surrogate mothers to prepare the baby to be introduced to two female gorillas at the Cincinnati Zoo who might accept her. Humans acting as surrogate mothers wear vests and materials to make them appear more like a gorilla. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
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Ashley Chance holds a three-month-old Western Lowland gorilla named Gladys in the outdoor gorilla exhibit, Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at the Cincinnati Zoo in Cincinnati. The baby gorilla was born Jan. 29 at a Texas zoo to a first-time mother who wouldn't care for her. Zoo workers and volunteers are acting as surrogate mothers to prepare the baby to be introduced to two female gorillas at the Cincinnati Zoo who might accept her. Humans acting as surrogate mothers wear vests and materials to make them appear more like a gorilla. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
Ashley Chance holds a three-month-old Western Lowland gorilla named Gladys in the outdoor gorilla exhibit, Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at the Cincinnati Zoo in Cincinnati. The baby gorilla was born Jan. 29 at a Texas zoo to a first-time mother who wouldn't care for her. Zoo workers and volunteers are acting as surrogate mothers to prepare the baby to be introduced to two female gorillas at the Cincinnati Zoo who might accept her. Humans acting as surrogate mothers wear vests and materials to make them appear more like a gorilla. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
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CINCINNATI (AP) — A baby gorilla from Texas has made its debut at the Cincinnati Zoo with some of the people who have served as its surrogate mothers.

The 3-month-old lowland gorilla is named Gladys Stones. She made her media debut Tuesday in a yard where she'll spend time over the next month with her human surrogates, climbing trees and getting familiar with being outdoors.

Gladys was born Jan. 29 at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. Her mother rejected her, and she was moved to Cincinnati in February to be paired with a gorilla surrogate mother.

A Cincinnati Zoo spokeswoman says about 10 people have been caring for Gladys until one of four gorillas at the zoo is selected to be her surrogate mother and they can be introduced gradually.



Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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