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The Skinny: Humans step in to care for baby gorilla

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Published May 1, 2013

Surrogate support

Humans step in to care for baby gorilla

An abandoned baby gorilla from Texas has made its debut at the Cincinnati Zoo with some of the people who have served as its primary caregivers. The 3-month-old lowland gorilla is named Gladys Stones. She made her media debut Tuesday in a yard where she'll spend time over the next month with her human caregivers, climbing trees and getting familiar with being outdoors. Gladys was born Jan. 29 at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. Her mother rejected her, and she was moved to Cincinnati in February to be paired with a gorilla surrogate mother. A Cincinnati Zoo spokeswoman says about 10 people have been caring for Gladys until one of four gorillas at the zoo is selected to be her surrogate mother and they can be introduced gradually.

Macaw mix-up

Montana man again loses bird

A beloved macaw that a Great Falls man says he lost in a divorce then thought he had found again turned out to be a bird of a different feather. Mike Taylor recently picked a bird from a Butte sanctuary that he thought was the one he lost. The bird was named Spike, but it also had the nickname "Love Love." However, an official from Montana's Parrot & Exotic Bird Sanctuary last week took back the scarlet macaw, saying Taylor's story didn't add up after she talked with his ex, Belinda "Linda" Carillo. First, Taylor's bird was not blind in one eye, as the sanctuary's bird is, facility director Lori McAlexander said. Also, Taylor and his wife were married five years ago — when the bird was placed in the sanctuary, she added. Taylor maintains the bird is his, though he says it's kind of hard to tell. "I was willing to adopt that one and (McAlexander) told me no," Taylor said.

Costume caper

Evildoer dressed in Spider-Man garb

It looks like Spider-Man does have sticky fingers. Los Angeles police were searching Monday for a man in a Spider-Man costume who authorities say snatched $6,000 from a tour company office on Hollywood Boulevard. Officer Chris No tells the Los Angeles Times that several street performers were questioned. No one has been arrested.

Prize for potholes

Road hazards filled with rewards

Report a pothole, win a prize. That's the idea behind a new promotion by the city of Haverhill, Mass. Mayor James Fiorentini says residents who report a pothole on a city street to the Public Works Department will automatically be entered into a drawing for one of three $25 gift cards donated by local businesses. The contest ends May 10. He tells the Eagle-Tribune that the idea is to get the bone-jarring, suspension-rattling holes filled within two business days of when they are reported. Haverhill is in the midst of the annual spring rite off dealing with large divots in the roads after a rough winter.

Compiled from wire services and other sources.