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Baby Gorilla Hopes to Find New Home at the Columbus Zoo

Five-month-old Kamina the lowland gorilla is still living here in Ohio, but she has a new home this week. She came to Ohio from Oklahoma last august, when her own mother abandoned her.

Cincinnati workers wore costumes around Kamina, so that she would feel more natural around gorillas, than around people. Now she has moved to the Columbus Zoo, where 17 other gorillas live in family groups. The workers at the African region of the zoo there want to get her comfortable and then see if she will bond with another gorilla, who would act as a mother for her.

The Columbus Zoo has been successful 14 times at matching young gorillas to surrogate mothers.

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