CINCINNATI (AP) — A baby gorilla initially raised by humans acting as surrogate parents has been successfully introduced into a social group typical for the species at the Cincinnati Zoo.
The zoo says the silverback Western lowland male named Jomo had been introduced to Gladys and three other females earlier. But a pregnant gorilla and another female were then moved to Gladys' group with Jomo already in it on April 8.
Zoo officials say getting Gladys into a typical social group was critical to her behavioral and social development.
Gladys was born at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas, and rejected by her mother. She was moved last year to Cincinnati where caregivers dressed in furry vests and kneepads to act as surrogate mothers until an older female gorilla took over.