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Baby gorilla initially raised by humans successfully introduced to male, other female gorillas

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CINCINNATI — A baby gorilla named Gladys that was initially raised by humans acting as surrogate parents has been successfully introduced into a social group typical for the species at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Zoo officials say getting Gladys into a typical group with a male leader and other females was critical for her behavioral and social development.

A silverback Western lowland male named Jomo had been introduced to Gladys and three other females earlier. A pregnant gorilla and another female were then moved to that group on April 8.

Gladys was born at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas, and rejected by her mother. She was moved last year to Cincinnati where caregivers dressed in furry vests and kneepads to act as surrogate mothers until an older female gorilla took over.

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PHOTO: This April 9, 2014 photo provided by the Cincinnati Zoo shows baby Gladys holding onto M’Linzi at the Cincinnati Zoo in Cincinnati, Ohio. Gladys, a baby gorilla initially raised by humans acting as surrogate parents, has been successfully introduced into a social group typical for the species at the Cincinnati Zoo. (AP Photo/Cincinnati Zoo, Michelle Curley)

This April 9, 2014 photo provided by the Cincinnati Zoo shows baby Gladys holding onto M’Linzi at the Cincinnati Zoo in Cincinnati, Ohio. Gladys, a baby gorilla initially raised by humans acting as surrogate parents, has been successfully introduced into a social group typical for the species at the Cincinnati Zoo. (AP Photo/Cincinnati Zoo, Michelle Curley)

 

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