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Monday
Mar042013

Zoo Workers Step in to Mother Abandoned Baby Gorilla

File Photo (Hemera/Thinkstock)(CINCINNATI) -- Workers at the Cincinnati Zoo have taken on a new role: surrogate mommy.

An infant gorilla was born at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas, on Jan. 29. Her mother rejected her. She was flown to Cincinnati, where two gorilla mothers were available as surrogates.

But before Gladys can be left in their care, a cast of zookeepers will have to step in and teach Gladys how to be a gorilla.

“Gorillas are not a lot different than people in that they have their own language and rules of etiquette,” Ron Evans, primate team leader for the Cincinnati Zoo, told ABC News.  “They have to start learning these rules from the day they are born.”

This kind of surrogacy is practiced with several species of apes, including chimpanzees and orangutans.

A rotation of three are already wearing black hair vests,  grunting, grooming and walking on their knuckles around her. Once Gladys is strong enough, they’ll don black hair vests and carry her around, just as a biological mother would do.

Gorillas are carried by their mothers for their first 18 months, and only weaned at about three years.

“There are good moms and bad moms, just like humans,” said Ron Magill of the Miami Metro Zoo. “Sometimes new moms will reject their babies.”

Now the baby gorilla is being raised by six human surrogates who will tend to her around the clock.

They don’t want any one surrogate to get too close, because that could create attachment issues once Gladys is sent to live with her gorilla surrogates.

The workers give her daily checkups and participate in activities  such as Tummy Time to strengthen her neck muscles, and practice gripping.

The interaction is intended to prepare Gladys for her new ride — on the back of an adoptive gorilla mother at the zoo — as well as prepare her to join the rest of the troop.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Sunday
Sep162012

Video: Toddler Plays With Gorilla

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A 300-pound gorilla picks up a toddler and carries her as if she’s one of its own in a 22-year-old video that is only now being seen by the masses.

The gorilla belongs to Damian Aspinall, who heads a foundation dedicated to conservation and sending gorillas back into the wild. The little girl in the video is Aspinall’s daughter, Tansy.

The blonde-haired toddler has a smile on her face as she pets, plays and is carried around by a gorilla.

Aspinall said he is releasing the video now to bring awareness to endangered gorillas and to show their gentle nature.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Mar122012

Gorilla Reported At Large in Alabama

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- Authorities in Alabama are on the hunt for at least one gorilla after reports surfaced that the animal was spotted near a store in rural Newbern, Ala.

The Hale County Sheriff’s Office said the town’s volunteer fire department and police have been searching for the gorilla since the sighting was reported over the weekend, according to local affiliate ABC33/40.

Newbern is a town of around 220 people in Hale County, approximately 50 miles south of Tuscaloosa.

Authorities say they are not sure how many gorillas they are searching for.

One sighting was said to have been made by a child, while another person reported seeing what may have been a bear.  The sightings have not been confirmed by home video or surveillance video, 33/40 reports.

The closest zoo to Newbern is located nearly 100 miles away in Birmingham, Ala.  Officials at the Birmingham Zoo confirmed to ABC News on Monday that the zoo’s sole gorilla, 16-year-old Cenzoo, is present and accounted for.

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