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April 30, 2013

The Associated Press

Ashley Chance pets a 3-month-old western lowland gorilla named Gladys Stones as she sleeps in her lap Tuesday at the outdoor gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo in Cincinnati.

Ohio zoo's baby gorilla has human surrogate moms

The Associated Press

CINCINNATI — 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.



The Associated Press

Ashley Chance holds a banana for a 3-month-old western lowland gorilla named Gladys Stones in the outdoor gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo on Tuesday.

The Associated Press

Ashley Chance carries a 3-month-old western lowland gorilla named Gladys Stones in the outdoor gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo for her first time out on Tuesday.



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