Zoo Workers Imitate Mother Gorilla To Save Adorable Baby
After Gladys' mother rejected her, the Cincinnati Zoo helped the young gorilla find a new family.
This is Gladys.
She was born on Jan. 29 at Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas.
The baby gorilla was ignored by her mother, so zoo workers had to feed and care for her themselves.
It was eventually decided she would be introduced to a new troop of gorillas at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.
According to the AP, zoo officials are working in shifts to provide 24-hour surrogate-mother care before introducing Gladys to two female gorillas.
Here, Cincinnati's Primate Center Team Leader Ron Evans stretches Gladys the way her mother would.
Evans and his team grunt, wear all black, and will eventually wear hairy vests and move around on all-fours, carrying Gladys on their backs.
"Whatever a gorilla mom would do with her baby is what we have to do with this baby," Evans says. "Everything that we can do ... Obviously, I'm not producing milk."