Learning about Koko the Gorilla is something that definitely stands out from my childhood. Most of my fondest childhood memories involved animals in one way or another, and Koko the Gorilla was no exception. I was fascinated by the story of a female great ape who learned to communicate with her handlers, through sign language – something I was unable to master no matter how hard I tried. Koko is still around and celebrated her birthday with an adorable surprise. This is the cutest thing, ever!
Gentle Koko had a very special birthday. In a box, she received a litter of kittens to love, snuggle, and play with. She even requested that one of the little ones be placed on her head. Watching Koko interact with her handlers is amazing, of course, but watching her with her new kitten friends is truly amazing. If you have ever doubted an ape’s capacity for intelligence, emotion, and compassion, this video will wipe that away in an instant.
At the end of the play date, she was even happier. “Koko has adopted these two kittens into her family, and it has energized her world.” Koko fell in love with one, and the other fell in love with her. They add, “Not only have Koko’s maternal and play instincts kicked in, but she is signing more to her caregivers.”
Over the years, Koko the Gorilla has taught anyone whose life she has touched just how special and unique great apes are. She has reminded each of us to value animals and to consider their needs. She encourages us to see our world and all of the creatures in it with compassion and understanding.
Please like and share Koko and her kittens. Let’s wish her a proper Happy Birthday!