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Zoo in Ohio to gain 2 more western lowland gorillas

September 1, 2019
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This undated photo provided by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium shows two year old Zahra and her surrogate Toni in Columbus, Ohio. Two more western lowland gorillas from the Milwaukee County Zoo will soon join the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s blended gorilla family. Sulaiman, a 4 ½-year-old male nicknamed “Sully,” is the half-sibling of nearly 2-year-old Zahra. Zahra transferred to the Columbus Zoo last year shortly after her parents died from gastrointestinal infections likely caused by a water supply infected with E. coli bacteria. Sully and Zahra share a father. (Grahm S. Jones/ Columbus Zoo and Aquarium via AP)
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This undated photo provided by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium shows two year old Zahra and her surrogate Toni in Columbus, Ohio. Two more western lowland gorillas from the Milwaukee County Zoo will soon join the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s blended gorilla family. Sulaiman, a 4 ½-year-old male nicknamed “Sully,” is the half-sibling of nearly 2-year-old Zahra. Zahra transferred to the Columbus Zoo last year shortly after her parents died from gastrointestinal infections likely caused by a water supply infected with E. coli bacteria. Sully and Zahra share a father. (Grahm S. Jones/ Columbus Zoo and Aquarium via AP)

POWELL, Ohio (AP) — A zoo in Ohio says two more western lowland gorillas will soon join its blended gorilla family.

The Columbus Dispatch reports 4½-year-old Sulaiman and his mother, 17-year-old Shalia will be arriving at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium this fall from the Milwaukee County Zoo.

Columbus Zoo officials say Sulaiman, nicknamed Sully is a half-sibling of nearly 2-year-old Zahra. Zahra was transferred to the Columbus facility last year after her parents died from gastrointestinal infections likely caused by a water supply infected with E. Coli bacteria. Sully and Zahra have the same father.

Audra Meinelt, curator of the Columbus Zoo’s Congo Expedition says Sully and his mother will integrate into 35-year-old silverback gorilla Mac’s troop, if all goes well. She says Mac has accepted the zoo’s other foster gorillas.

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