Animals make our lived better in so many ways. Koko, the gorilla who learned sign language to communicate with humans, was definitely no exception.
Koko mastered over 1,000 words in sign language and became one of us, in a way. She loved her kitten All Ball and was depressed when All Ball escaped from Koko’s cage was hit by a car and killed. Then fell back in love with her new kittens, Lipstick and Smokey and later with Miss Grey and Miss Black. (BTW, her favorite book was the 3 Little Kittens)
She made friends with Robin Williams and was extremely excited to meet her hero Mr. Rogers. To her, they were celebrities, but to them (and the rest of us) SHE was the celebrity.
Her accomplishments, thankfully, were not missed, as she made the news all throughout her life in magazines like National Geographic, in films, TV and books about her, her life, her education and even her beloved kittens.
It is almost like she was human. She wasn’t, but at the same time, she was one of us. She taught us all that despite our differences, if we all communicate, we can learn from each other.
Just like she felt deep sadness when her kitten died, today, we feel sadness at losing her.
Here are some exceptional moments of her life that were caught on camera.
Koko spent many hours learning from Mr. Rogers and to see her get excited to meet him, was the same reaction that many of us, as kids…or even as adults would have.
Then there was the time, Koko played a game of Tickle with Robin Williams.
Koko was like many little children. She loved her babies, kittens and dolls
and she had a good friend in Michael
Goodnight Koko. We are all better for have known you.