(Cincinnati)- The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden have announced that another baby animal is living with a new surrogate mother.
Gladys, the five-month-old Western lowland gorilla, is living with a new mother after being rejected by her own.
The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden said that that Gladys began the process of seeing her mother, M’Linzi, on June 17. For the past week, the zoo staff have been watching Gladys carry on her new way of living.
“The Cincinnati Zoo has a “first” for almost everything,” said Thane Maynard, Executive Director of the Cincinnati Zoo. “However, using human surrogates as gorilla moms has been a first even for us. The Cincinnati Zoo gorillas have been some of the most prolific gorillas in captivity, making the Zoo one of the top breeders of this endangered species in the world and I am proud to say that our staff has continued this tradition of excellence and service with baby Gladys. I, for one, could not be more proud of them (and her).”
The zoo staff are now thinking about ways to introduce the two of them to different exhibit areas and to the rest of M’Linzi’s family.