The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 7, 2013

Young gorilla makes debut with English-speaking parent


From The Associated Press

— A 3-month-old lowland gorilla named Gladys recently made her public debut in an outdoor exhibit, but this little girl's Momma can speak English.

The baby gorilla was born Jan. 29 at a Texas zoo to a first-time mother who wouldn't care for her. Zoo workers and volunteers are acting as surrogate mothers to prepare the baby to be introduced to two female gorillas at the Cincinnati Zoo who might accept her. Humans acting as surrogate mothers wear vests and materials to make them appear more like a gorilla.