Oh, how cute.  Koko The Gorilla is hugging her birthday present, a cat named Smoky.
Oh, how cute. Koko The Gorilla is hugging a recent present, a cat named Smoky.

I’m not ashamed to admit that one of my heroes is not a human being, but a gorilla named Koko.

According to Wikipedia, Koko is older than me by two months and two days. She is not just your ordinary animal, either: she understands and can use sign language.

I’ve probably mentioned before that I find it very interesting how technically advanced our society is in some ways, but not in others. We have (or should I say “had”) the ability to put men on the surface on the moon, but yet I can’t communicate with my pet cat Harry beyond certain gestures, and likewise he can only meow and gesture at me.

When I see and a gorilla and a human being communicating, as Koko does with her keeper, it gives me hope that there will be a day when humans and pets will understand each other better, and that won’t be a bad day.


Author: tbpauly

Former radio professional (1989-1996), currently residing in Pinellas Park, FL. Blogging since 2004, at least.

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