CINCINNATI (January 27, 2014) A baby gorilla that was initially raised by humans acting as surrogate parents is thriving in the company of other gorillas as she reaches her first birthday, Cincinnati Zoo officials say.
Gladys and her new family of Western lowland gorillas were treated to fruits, rice and sweet potato ahead of her birthday Wednesday.
The gorilla was born at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, but her mother rejected her.
She was moved last February to Cincinnati where caregivers dressed in furry vests and kneepads to act as surrogate mothers until an older female gorilla took over that role in June.
Keepers deemed the project a success.
Eventually, they hope to put Gladys in a gorilla group that includes a male and several females.