Ohio zoo’s abandoned baby gorilla moves outdoors

CINCINNATI (AP) — An abandoned baby gorilla has ventured outdoors at the Cincinnati Zoo with her surrogate family for the first time.

The 5-month-old female Western lowland gorilla, Gladys, explored the outside yard starting Friday with her surrogate mother, 30-year-old M’Linzi, and M’Linzi’s daughter, Mara.

Primate Team Leader Ron Evans reported both older gorillas were “purring like crazy.”

Gladys was born Jan. 29 at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. After her mother rejected her, she moved in February to Cincinnati, where a team of human caregivers provided around-the-clock care. She was introduced to M’Linzi in mid-June.

Gladys is scheduled to be outside noon to 3 p.m. daily. Check the website, though. Her appearances may be canceled, shortened or rescheduled for weather or developmental reasons.

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Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden: http://www.cincinnatizoo.org

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