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Workers at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden are suiting up in fur vests and grunting in eight-hour shifts around the clock, as they try to nurture and socialize a 5-week-old baby gorilla rejected by her mother.
The zoo has developed a specialized enclosure which allows the mature gorillas next door to hear and smell the new baby girl (named Gladys Stones), which they hope will ease her eventual transition into the zoo’s gorilla community.
That won’t happen for another four or five months.
Primate Center team leader Ron Evans on baby gorilla surrogate moms:
The baby gorilla arrives at the Cincinnati Zoo: