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Koko - Hanabiko 花火子 literally "fireworks child" with her caregiver Francine "Penny" Patterson, an American animal psychologist, teached the western lowland gorilla modified form of American Sign Language. Koko has mastered the "Gorilla Sign Language" (GSL) and understands approximately 2,000 words of spoken English, in addition to the signs

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from The Atlantic

What Gorillas Can Teach Us About Being Human

What Koko the Sign-Language-Speaking Gorilla Can Teach Us About Being Human - The Atlantic

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Sometimes animals can be more civilized than people<<< because some animals are more clever than humans give them credit for and that needs to be realized instead of suppressed

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from Mail Online

Koko the gorilla adopts two baby kittens in heart-warming footage

Special moment: According to Koko's trainer, the special ape is able to understand more than 1,000 signs of what Patterson calls 'Gorilla Sign Language'. Above, staff at The Gorilla Foundation help the grey cat to brush Koko's furry coat during the adorable meeting

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from TheMetaPicture.com

We don’t speak the same language…

This is why I get furious when people say animals are dumb. Just because they can't speak in a way we understand doesn't mean they are less then what we are.

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Short Clip - Koko the Gorilla responds to a sad scene from one of her favorite movies....(She understands spoken English, as well as American Sign Language.....Watch what she signs and see her expression after watching the sad scene where the boy has to say goodbye to his mother....)

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from The Atlantic

What Gorillas Can Teach Us About Being Human

A Conversation With Koko the Gorilla An afternoon spent with the famous gorilla who knows sign language, and the scientist who taught her how to “talk”

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Why Teach American Sign Language to a Gorilla? - koko the gorilla - the gorilla foundation - animal cognition - primate learning

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Koko the Orphaned gorilla child who was taught to speak sign language and communicate with humans . This is the sweet but heartbreaking tale of Koko and her pet kitten , All Ball who Koko named her self ~♛

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penny and koko the gorilla | Koko, Smoky and Penny

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