The Cincinnati zoo says a female baby gorilla initially raised by humans acting as surrogate parents is thriving in the company of other gorillas as she reaches her first birthday.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Gladys and her new family of Western lowland gorillas enjoyed a treat that included fruits, rice and sweet potato ahead of her birthday Wednesday.
The gorilla was born at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas, and her mother rejected her. She was moved last February to Cincinnati. Caregivers there dressed in furry vests and kneepads to act as surrogate mothers until an older female gorilla took over that role in June.
Keepers deem the project a success. Eventually, they hope to put Gladys in a gorilla group that includes a male and several females.