Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Test tube gorilla not bonding with newborn
The world's first test tube gorilla is not bonding with her new daughter, zoo officials said Saturday.
Timu, a 9-year-old Western lowland gorilla, took care of her newborn for a few hours after Friday's birth, but then lost interest, said Dr. Lee Simmons, director of the Henry Doorly Zoo.
Timu was hand-raised, which makes it hard for her to bond with her offspring, Simmons said.
The baby will be hand-raised and given to a surrogate gorilla mother in hopes that Timu will learn from watching that relationship and will be a better mother when she has another baby, Simmons said.
Posted by C. at 9:31 AM