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Texas baby gorilla going to Cincinnati Zoo

Monday - 2/18/2013, 3:18pm  ET

In this Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, photo, CGladys Porter Zoo Director Jerry Stones holds a seventeen day old female baby gorilla at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. The gorilla born last month at a South Texas zoo has been ignored by her mother so the animal will be sent to an Ohio zoo and introduced to a new troop. (AP Photo/The Brownsville Herald, Christian Rodriguez)

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) -- A gorilla born at a South Texas zoo last month is headed to Ohio to be introduced to a troop at a zoo there because the baby's mother has been ignoring her.

Officials from the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville have been caring for the yet-unnamed western lowland gorilla born Jan. 29. She will be moved this week to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, where experts hope she will bond with two adult female gorillas kept there.

The mother moved to the Gladys Porter Zoo in 2011 as part of an Association of Zoos and Aquariums species survival breeding plan. The mother was from the Pittsburg Zoo & PPG Aquarium but was on a breeding loan transfer from the Cincinnati Zoo.



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