To say we weren’t all shocked and saddened by the news of one of cinemas finest a few days ago, is an understatement. In many ways, I’ve avoided approaching the subject for my own well being. But I’ve just learned something incredibly touching – that a gorilla named Koko, who lives in a Gorilla Foundation in Northern California, was actually saddened by the passing of Robin Williams. Koko, who is proficient in American Sign Language and knows over 1000 signs, met Williams in 2001, when the actor came to visit the gorilla.
Take a moment to watch the interaction in the embedded video, and take note that according to the conservation group Koko hadn’t smiled in over 6 months (since her gorilla companion Michael passed away).
When the news broke of Robin’s passing, Dr. Penny Patterson let Koko know. About a half an hour later, Koko signed to Penny: ‘CRY…
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