Cincinnati zookeepers ‘gorillafy’ an abandoned baby ape

By Arturo Garcia
Saturday, March 30, 2013 21:15 EDT
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When a two-month baby gorilla named Gladys needed a mommy, zookeepers at the Cincinnati Zoo dressed for the occasion.

“We’re gorillafying her,” keeper Ashley Chance told CBS News. “That’s what we call it. We act like gorillas, like a grown mother would do.”

Clad in black medical scrubs and a furry vest, Chance and her colleague Ron Evans take over where Gladys’ natural mother, who abandoned her, left off. The process is designed to prepare Gladys for socialization with other gorillas within a few months.

Since the other female gorillas in the Texas zoo where she was born already had offspring of their own, Gladys was transferred to the Cincinnati facility, where there are four possible adoptive mothers.

“hey’re constantly staring at her or looking at her,” said Chance. “Even if they’re kind of off in the distance they’re still, like, making sure they know what she is doing, making sure she is okay. So, yeah, they are very interested in her.”

Watch CBS’ report on zookeepers’ work “gorillafying” Gladys, aired Saturday, below.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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