Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Test tube gorilla not bonding with newborn

A gorilla keeper holds an unwanted newborn Western lowland female gorilla, at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska.  One more case for gorilla abortions

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.

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