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
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....)
I am in love with Koko the gorilla. She is a gorilla that they taught to speak sign language. She asked her keeper for a kitten for her birthday one year. She got the kitten and named it All Ball. Koko treated Ball as her baby. SOOOOO cute. LOVE her so much!