Baby gorilla thrives with human moms

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Primate Keeper Ashley O'Connell holds Gladys, a  2 month-old Western Lowland Gorilla. (Glenn Hartong, AP/The Cincinnati Enquirer)
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Primate Keeper Ashley O'Connell holds Gladys, a 2 month-old Western Lowland Gorilla. (Glenn Hartong, AP/The Cincinnati Enquirer)

Cincinnati - A baby gorilla being raised temporarily by human surrogate parents is doing well - learning to roll over, sit up and getting ready to walk on all fours.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden primate specialists say "Gladys" is in good health and is developing and growing quickly with loving care from 10 humans imitating a gorilla mom's behavior.

Her human caregivers are starting to focus on preparing her for a transition to a new gorilla family. They have been showing her to other gorillas and letting them touch her.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that zoo specialists think she will be ready within a few months.

She was born 29 January at Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas, to a first-time mother who showed little maternal instinct.

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