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Keepers monkey around with new arrival at zoo.

Workers in a US zoo are going ape over a baby gorilla.

They are wearing all-black outfits, grunting affectionately and generally imitating mother gorillas to help the month-old baby adjust to a new home and get ready for a surrogate mother.

Later, they will don hairy vests and carry baby Gladys on their backs, put on kneepads and gloves to move around like a gorilla and they might knuckle-walk and climb a tree with the baby on board.

"Whatever a gorilla mom would do with her baby is what we have to do with this baby," said Ron Evans, pictured, the Cincinnati zoo's primate team leader and one of Gladys' human surrogates. "Everything that we can do...obviously, I'm not producing milk."

He's heading a team of seven to 10 people who work in shifts of eight hours or so to provide the baby with 24-hour companionship.

She came from the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas, where she was born on January 29 to a first-time mother who showed little maternal instinct.

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