Koko is most probably one of the most popular animals in the world. According to her trainer Francine “Penny” Patterson, this beautiful gorilla is able to understand more than 1000 signs and approximately 2000 English words! For some years now, she has been telling her trainers that she wants to raise a baby gorilla and thus, helping Koko in adopting a baby became one of the Gorilla Foundation’s primary initiatives.
This amazing video shows some wonderful indications on how Koko would teach her baby to sign, creating exciting possibilities for new avenues of interspecies communication research, and enabling breakthroughs in captive gorilla care management and conservation. Koko is also of the few non-humans known to keep a pet. On her birthday in July of 1984, she selected a gray male Manx from a litter of abandoned kittens and named him “All Ball”. Penny said that Koko cared for the kitten as if it were her very own baby gorilla.
Watch Koko and her interaction with a doll in the video below! What are your thoughts about this story? Don’t forget to share in the comments!
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