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Red Durkin @RedIsDead
Koko the gorilla once ripped a sink out of the wall and, when her keepers confronted her about it, she blamed her kitten, signing "cat did it." That HAD been my favorite Koko story, until I saw this: RIP to an absolute legend
Friday, June 22, 2018
CNNVerified account @CNN · Jun 21
Koko, the gorilla who mastered sign language, has died in her sleep at age 46, The Gorilla Foundation says. She was said to have understood some 2,000 words of spoken English.
Thursday, June 21, 2018
By Kevin Kelleher
8:28 PM EDT
Koko, the western lowland gorilla that began to learn sign language in the San Francisco Zoo and eventually became a celebrity beloved by millions, passed away in her sleep Tuesday at the age of 46.
Instructor and trainer Dr. Penny Patterson began teaching Koko a modified version of human sign language at an early age. In time, Koko came to use more than 1,000 signs of what Patterson called “gorilla sign language” and could understand about 2,000 words of spoken English.
“Koko touched the lives of millions as an ambassador for all gorillas and an icon for interspecies communication and empathy,” the Gorilla Foundation said in a statement. “She was beloved and will be deeply missed.”
Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero
(seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the next one)
A Conversation With Koko The Gorilla: Full Documentary
Meet Koko, a western lowland gorilla who has been taught sign language.
She's making us question what we think we know about animal intelligence.
Join in the conversation on social media with #TalkingGorilla.
Ahamo 2015 Winner: Excellence in Documentary Film: PBS Nature 1999
This program doesn’t just talk with an ape, it carries on an intimate, decades-long dialogue with her.
The story documents the incredible development of a gorilla named Koko, whose learning of American Sign Language (and understanding of spoken English) gives new meaning to the ideas of animal intelligence and inter-species communication.
Check out Ahamo on the web - http://ahamo.org/