Koko the Gorilla and Her Kittens

Discussion in 'News that makes you smile!' started by Bohemian, Oct 17, 2015.

  1. Bohemian

    Bohemian Well-Known Member

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    Take a look at this heart-warming story of Koko, a gorilla who can sign over 1,000 English language words, when she is greeted by a box of kittens for her 44th birthday recently.

    Koko adopted two; Ms Grey and Ms Black (who nearly busted a gut trying to climb out of the kittens' carrier basket to get to Koko).

    http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-16/koko-gorilla-adopts-two-kittens-birthday/6861006

    Koko previously had a kitten she named All Ball. All Ball was the victim of an MVA and Koko was beside herself with grief.

    You can find out more about Koko (and her kittens) at The Gorilla Foundation:

    http://www.koko.org/
     
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    lonetraveler Well-Known Member

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    I saw this today on Twitter and it really warmed my heart and I couldn't stop thinking about the Koko compared to all the horrendous "moms" we get to see on Websleuths who abuse or cause the death of their babies.
     
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    Bohemian Well-Known Member

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    I know. My heart hurts from smiling...and that's a wonderful thing. And we call beautiful beings like them animals...
     
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    Always Amazed New Member

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    I am in great LOVE with this story! :loveyou:
     
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    Springrain Buckskin Girl was Marcia King

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    This is so adorable and heartwarming!
     
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    Bohemian Well-Known Member

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    I'm so glad I could bring a little joy into your lives. Every time I come back to this thread, I remember Koko lifting Ms Grey from the box and holding her and, I smile from ear to ear.
     
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    La Louve For Whitney and Teghan

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    I love love love this story. Thank you so much for posting it.

    At the Atlanta zoo many years ago I watched a huge male silverback let one of his tiny offspring crawl all over him while he was trying to take nap. This powerful animal, who could've broken that baby's neck in an instant, was so amazingly gentle and patient as the baby gorilla played on top of him.
     
  9. Bohemian

    Bohemian Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for commenting, La Louve. You gave me a reminder to come back to this story again.

    Thanks also for your sweet story about the silverback and his baby. I've seen something similar at the zoo where I live. Such gentle creatures. Some of us have a lot to learn from them.
     
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    Bohemian Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for posting this, Shana. So touching. I loved Robin Williams.

    Jack Kerouac's quote always reminds me of him:

    "The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes 'Awww!'"

    I read today that his wife revealed he was diagnosed with dementia not long before his death. He will be missed.
     
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    Sonya610 Former Member

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    The article doesn't question that they are taught sign language, that isn't in doubt.

    It questions how much the human caretakers project into the communication such as the statements that KoKo was extremely sad and mourning the death of Robin Williams. Seems to me the only reason they would have even told Koko about Williams death (a man she had only met once years before) would be to "illicit a reaction" and then advertise it.
     
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    Bohemian Well-Known Member

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    I appreciate your input. It's always interesting to read different perspectives.

    I think we have ended up going somewhere on this thread that wasn't intended. I just wanted everyone to see how gentle a large ape could be with a litter of kittens and smile.
     
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