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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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bassidan January 30 2014 at 4:02 PM

Nice to see something positive to talk about. Too bad some folks have to display their poor upbringing with their racist comments. It doesn't matter what the article is about, they will chime in with their hatred (envy) of those that have succeeded in life and continue to divide the country.

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Wendy January 30 2014 at 12:11 PM

Having fun at anothers expense is bullying. Whether you call it "having fun", "just kidding", or some other phrase. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, then it's probably a duck.

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danbckls Wendy January 30 2014 at 1:23 PM

Hell0o you must be kidding .Or you are another liberal democrat. Bullying what a joke.

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bigdeal357s1 danbckls January 30 2014 at 1:54 PM

Most of the people who comment on AOL news are usually bitter right-wingers (probably as yourself). Who can only through lame jokes around because you lack any type of intellect to debate with knowledge and facts. As I said yesterday 'THEY' are usually the ones throwing racial slurs and saying things that are beyond stupid because their 7th grade education doesn't allow them to do otherwise.

Yes you losers 'try' to bully but you're too dumb to do it effectively. Have a seat and remain seated until you're called upon to make a stupid comment!

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bigdeal357s1 danbckls January 30 2014 at 1:55 PM

Who can only *throw...

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kmcc895370 Wendy January 30 2014 at 1:24 PM

Does that go for monkeys too?

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mcgrawnrh kmcc895370 January 30 2014 at 3:45 PM

You do realize we are from the same gene pool?

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Judith January 30 2014 at 11:40 AM

Happy birthday, Gladys.

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bugrocksj January 30 2014 at 11:37 AM

if people could do as well

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o4a0n1 January 30 2014 at 11:30 AM

it's a wonderful day lets be happy for Gladis' Birthday

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daxcess2 January 30 2014 at 11:22 AM


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littlelayla4u January 30 2014 at 11:15 AM

Such a sweet little baby gorilla. Hope she gets stronger and stronger.

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Bluedane January 30 2014 at 12:18 PM

Awww thank God!

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MERLIN January 30 2014 at 5:42 PM

just as much of gods creation as the rest of us

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linda281 January 30 2014 at 11:06 AM

Hooray for Gladys! I hope she has many more happy years together with her new family.

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