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Zoo workers play mom for rejected baby gorilla

April 30, 2013 at 5:31 PM ET

Ashley Chance carries a three-month-old western lowland gorilla named Gladys in the outdoor gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo for her first time T...
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Wearing a suit to mimic a gorilla's fur, Cincinnati Zoo staffer Ashley Chance carries a three-month-old western lowland gorilla named Gladys in the outdoor gorilla exhibit on Tuesday, April 30.

These Cincinnati zoo workers have traded their regular clothes for gorilla suits, and are doing their best impressions of primates to make a baby gorilla feel at home.

The gorilla, named Gladys, was born on Jan. 29 at a Texas zoo, and the humans had to step in when her mother abandoned her and would not care for her.

Dressed in furry vests and black suits, the workers are trying to mimic the touch, feel and look of the baby animal's mother as closely as possible to prepare her to move in with two female gorillas who may adopt her.

Check out these adorable pictures from the baby's bonding moments with her caretakers:

Ashley Chance carries a three-month-old Western Lowland gorilla named Gladys in the outdoor gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo for her first time T...
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Chance and zoo worker Ashley O'Connel (right) are helping the baby gorilla prepare for life with two female gorillas, who may care for her.
Ashley Chance pets a three-month-old western lowland gorilla named Gladys as she sleeps in her lap Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at the outdoor gorilla exh...
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Chance pets Gladys as she sleeps in her lap,
Ashley Chance holds a banana for a three-month-old Western Lowland gorilla named Gladys in the outdoor gorilla exhibit, Tuesday, April 30, 2013, in Ci...
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Chance holds a banana for Gladys in the outdoor gorilla exhibit.
Silverback and primate center team leader Ron Evans carries a three-month-old western wowland gorilla named Gladys into the outdoor gorilla exhibit fo...
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Silverback and primate center team leader Ron Evans carries Gladys into the outdoor gorilla exhibit for her first time.


Video: Volunteers at the Cincinnati Zoo are wearing black suits and furry vests in an effort to help raise Gladys, a baby gorilla. TODAY’s Jenna Wolfe reports.


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