Koko the gorilla received a special gift for her forty fourth birthday. The gorilla, notable for her knowledge of yankee signing, was presented with a box of kittens and allowed to decide on 2 as pets; the remaining cats were adopted into smart homes. Koko received her 1st cat “All Ball” after signing that she wished a cat, and being unhappy with a toy one, back in 1984.

Koko lives in at the Gorilla Foundation in Redwood City, California, with her trainer Francine Patterson. According to Patterson, Koko will perceive a pair of 2,000 English words and communicates along with her trainers using over 1,000 “Gorilla Sign Language” signs. When Koko learned that each one Ball had died, she cried, and signed “Sleep cat.” You can find out more concerning this story on Amazon.

Koko the gorilla received a special gift for her 44th birthday

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The gorilla, famous for her knowledge of American Sign Language, was given a box of kittens and allowed to choose two as pets

 

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Koko signs the word “cat.”

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Koko signs the word “baby.”

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