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Grunting Ohio zoo workers act as moms to gorilla

Grunting Ohio zoo workers act as moms to gorilla

CREATED Mar 4, 2013

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Some zoo workers in Cincinnati are going ape over a baby gorilla.

They are wearing all-black outfits, grunting affectionately, and generally imitating mother gorillas to help the baby adjust to its new home and get ready for a surrogate mother. Later, they will don hairy vests and carry baby Gladys on their backs, and they might climb a tree and knuckle-walk.

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden recently welcomed the gorilla, born Jan. 29 at a Texas zoo to a first-time mother who wouldn't care for her. The zoos agreed Cincinnati was a good home because it has two female gorillas available to become surrogate mothers.

But first, zookeepers want to make sure the baby is healthy, and will be accepted by the zoo's other gorillas.