Francine “Penny” Patterson (b. 1947) is an animal psychologist, best known for her work with Koko, the gorilla that learned to communicate through signs. She taught Koko more than 1000 signs of a modified version of American Sign Language, which she...

Francine “Penny” Patterson (b. 1947) is an animal psychologist, best known for her work with Koko, the gorilla that learned to communicate through signs. She taught Koko more than 1000 signs of a modified version of American Sign Language, which she...

Koko the gorilla has used sign language to deliver a 60 second message telling humans to stop killing the earth

Koko the gorilla has used sign language to deliver a 60 second message telling humans to stop killing the earth

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"After reading this story you will understand how motherhood and loss are universal. Washoe, an exceptionally smart chimpanzee who knew sign language, was not happy with her caretaker Kat, who hadn’t visited for some time. However, when Kat told her that .." *Click for more.

"After reading this story you will understand how motherhood and loss are universal. Washoe, an exceptionally smart chimpanzee who knew sign language, was not happy with her caretaker Kat, who hadn’t visited for some time. However, when Kat told her that .." *Click for more.

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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

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

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merrywanderer:  incidentalpiratess:nowyoukno:greenvvhore:nowyoukno:Source for more facts follow NowYouKno   did koko never ask anything?  Koko, as well as the other Gorillas that were taught sign language, don’t ask the same types of questions. They seem to be incapable of understanding the concept of another being understanding something they don’t. Koko may ask someone to hand her something, but she won’t ask questions about an item because if she doesn’t understand it she will assume that…

merrywanderer: incidentalpiratess:nowyoukno:greenvvhore:nowyoukno:Source for more facts follow NowYouKno did koko never ask anything? Koko, as well as the other Gorillas that were taught sign language, don’t ask the same types of questions. They seem to be incapable of understanding the concept of another being understanding something they don’t. Koko may ask someone to hand her something, but she won’t ask questions about an item because if she doesn’t understand it she will assume that…

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This is why I get furious when people say animals are dumb. Just because they can't speak in a way we understand doesn't mean they are less then what we are.

This is why I get furious when people say animals are dumb. Just because they can't speak in a way we understand doesn't mean they are less then what we are.

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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....)

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....)

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What Koko the Sign-Language-Speaking Gorilla Can Teach Us About Being Human - The Atlantic

What Koko the Sign-Language-Speaking Gorilla Can Teach Us About Being Human - The Atlantic

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Amazing Koko with her pet cat.  She communicates in American Sign Language.  She has a large vocabulary, and creates sentences, even inventing new ideas.

Amazing Koko with her pet cat. She communicates in American Sign Language. She has a large vocabulary, and creates sentences, even inventing new ideas.

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