Zookeepers Make Like Apes To Help Newborn Gorilla Adjust

CINCINNATI (March 4, 2013)—Some zoo workers in Cincinnati are making like apes, wearing all-black outfits, grunting affectionately, and generally imitating gorilla mothers to help a newborn gorilla adjust to its new home and get ready for a surrogate mother.

Later, they will don hairy vests and carry baby, named Gladys, on their backs.

They might even climb a tree and knuckle-walk.

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden recently welcomed the gorilla, which was born on Jan. 29 at a Texas zoo to a first-time mother that wouldn't care for her.

The zoos agreed Cincinnati was a good home because it has two female gorillas available to become surrogate mothers, but first, zookeepers want to make sure the baby is healthy, and will be accepted by the zoo's other gorillas.

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