Exposing the Big Game

Koko, the gorilla who became an ambassador to the human world through her ability to communicate, has died. She’s seen here at age 4, telling psychologist Francine “Penny” Patterson (left) that she is hungry. In the center is June Monroe, an interpreter for the deaf at St. Luke’s Church, who helped teach Koko.

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“The Gorilla Foundation is sad to announce the passing of our beloved Koko,” the research center says, informing the world about the death of a gorilla who fascinated and elated millions of people with her facility for language.

Koko, who was 46, died in her sleep Tuesday morning, the Gorilla Foundation said. At birth, she was named Hanabi-ko — Japanese for “fireworks child,” because she was born at the San Francisco Zoo on the Fourth of July in 1971. She was a western lowland gorilla.

“Her impact has been profound and what…

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7 thoughts on “Koko The Gorilla Dies; Redrew The Lines Of Animal-Human Communication

  1. 😥

    People don’t give near enough credit to animals. They may not “communicate” as Koko did, but they most certainly show intelligence in many other ways.

    More so than a lot of humans!

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  2. These comments gave me a smile. Sometimes I feel like almost no one cares for and truly appreciates animals.

    Caring for pets in all good, but the torture we inflict on the animals we call “food” is extremely disturbing. Everyone needs to think about how much they can support the livestock industry – especially considering that not only do they torture animals daily, their industry destroys plant life, pollutes water and contributes to an incredible amount of illness among humans.

    When will more people finally admit their food addictions are destructive and stop eating animals?

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