Thursday, June 21, 2018


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Very sad news today...

Koko, the gorilla whose apparent aptitude for sign language endeared her to fans around the world, died in her sleep on Tuesday morning in California, according to the Gorilla Foundation, which oversaw her care. She was 46. 

Koko became an instant celebrity in her youth thanks to an early facility with American Sign Language. That fame was bolstered over the years as Koko, a western lowland gorilla, charmed entertainers like Fred Rogers and Robin Williams as well as their audiences. 

By the age of 4, Koko had developed a vocabulary of more than 170 words and showed an ability to use language creatively. Koko’s language skills earned her a spot on the cover of National Geographic in 1978 and 1985, and she was the subject of many documentaries. By the time of her death, Koko’s vocabulary had ballooned to more than 2,000 words.

I think just about everyone on the planet has heard of or seen at least an article or documentary about Koko over the years.

What an amazing life she had.

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