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  • Victoria Rothschild

    This is Koko. She was a gorilla who astoundingly enough understood and could use American sign language. She used sign language to ask her trainer for a cat. She was fond of cats, and her first kitten was a tailless grey cat who she named All Ball. She was a gentle mother and treated All Ball like her own baby. Unfortunately, All Ball escaped the gorilla cage and was hit by a car. Koko’s trainer told her what had happened. When asked if she wanted to talk about her cat, Koko signed “Cry.” When asked what happened to her kitty Koko signed “Sleep cat.” When shown a picture of a kitten that looked like All Ball, Koko signed “Cry, sad, frown.” When Koko was left alone, people could hear whimpers from her cage.

  • Mary Ann Cockerille

    1000cutethings: Koko’s Birthday Koko the gorilla’s birthday is today.  She was born on July 4, 1971, and understands more than 1,000 words in sign language and 2,000 spoken English words.  Koko also loves pet cats, most famously All Ball, who she named.  (Video of Koko and All Ball)

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  • Shae Wall

    Love this story- We've watched the film in class. "Koko" (and her kitten) learned sign language by just seeing the sign, spoken words and both at the same time. Koko has learned over 1000 signs and can listen to people speak and respond to what they are saying. There is a documentary on you tube that is broken down in to eight videos that show how smart and amazing Koko is. Koko signs "soft good cat cat"

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