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Gorilla rejected by mother celebrates first birthday

Gorilla Rejected by Mother Celebrates First Birthday

A very special gorilla named Gladys is celebrating her first birthday, and she even had her own cake. (Pureed sweet potatoes covered with fruit and raisins.)

Gladys made news headlines last year after being rejected by her mother at a zoo in Brownsville, Texas.

At just four weeks old she was sent to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. The zoo was chosen because it had two full-grown gorilla females who could eventually act as a surrogate mother for baby Gladys.

Fearing Gladys could possibly be rejected again by another mother, zookeepers in Cincinnati worked hard to "gorilla-fy" her before introducing her to the other gorillas.

After a few months, zookeepers decided it was time for Gladys to be introduced to her new surrogate mother: a 30-year-old gorilla named M'linzi (Ma-lindsey). As you can see from the zoo's YouTube video, they got along pretty well.

Since then, Gladys has been introduced to three other gorillas and they've all become fast friends.

A senior primate keeper told the Cincinnati Enquirer that she's thriving, happy and 'loves being with the girls.'

We hope Gladys has a great birthday and saved some of that cake for her new friends.

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msmith6791 January 31 2014 at 11:07 AM

Teach this Gorilla how to live in the wild and when she is ready - let her go.

And STOP giving her processed food CAKE, geesh!

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bbhuey4213 January 31 2014 at 9:14 PM

"Teach this Gorilla how to live in the wild and when she is ready - let her go."

Since their natural habitat is already shrinking, plus the pesky problem of people hunting them when they are "in the wild", where exactly would they release her *to*?

"And STOP giving her processed food CAKE, geesh!"

Missed the part where they explained that the "cake" was pureed sweet potatoes, huh?

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merstockgto January 30 2014 at 11:56 PM

I am sure if a gorilla saw you it would think you looked like a human

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classshows January 30 2014 at 11:50 PM

Looks just like my mother in law.

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mscellanus January 30 2014 at 11:09 PM

Dolphins are closer to humans than apes

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mscellanus January 30 2014 at 11:08 PM

If Obama had another daughter...

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camilleza07 January 30 2014 at 11:27 PM

she'd be smarter, classier, and have a higher IQ than you do, you fool. President Obama has more brains, elegance and maturity than you have in your stubby, fat little finger. grow up moronic internet troll.

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Jean January 30 2014 at 10:55 PM

i LOVED THAT ..

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abupaul January 30 2014 at 9:58 PM

Just watch them play and you can easily tell how closely related we are. Gorilla babies, like chimpanzee babies, are incredibly cute.

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Jeanne January 30 2014 at 9:39 PM

Regardless of your political leanings, Obama IS our president. Any disrespect is tantamount to anti-american proclamations. Are you anti-american?

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anteekazoid January 30 2014 at 9:33 PM

Wow. The ignorant racists are out in full force.

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Loretta January 30 2014 at 8:57 PM

HI ALL YOU LOSERS OUT THERE , DID YOU EVER HEAR THIS SONG,I REMEMBERIT WELL.JESUS LOVES THE LITTLE CHILDREN ALL THE CHILDREN IN THE WOURLD RED OR YELLOW , BLACK AND WHITE THEY ARE PRECIOUS IN HIS SIGHT JESUS LOVES THE CHILDREN IN THE WOURLD.THANK GOD . YOU PEOPEL WHO AGAINST THE FOUR COLORS THAT JESUS LOVES WILL ANWSER TO YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN. PUT LOVE ONE ANOTHER PUT HATE ON THE BACK BURNER GET TO KNOW YOUR SAVIOR. LOVE TO ALL ,LORETTA

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