Koko and her kittens: Now you can watch the extraordinary moment a huge but gentle gorilla adopts two tiny cats and cuddles with them. She herself has never had the opportunity to have her own offspring.
Koko the gorilla is famous for having learned a large number of hand signs from a modified version of American Sign Language.
We bet you didn’t know that she absolutely loves babies – despite not having had the opportunity to mother any of her own.
She often signs the word ‘baby’, when she is holding a doll in her arms, and even pretends that her dolls can respond in sign language by moving their arms and hands.
For Koko’s 44th birthday, Francine Patterson, Koko’s trainer, introduced her to some real babies – a litter of kittens.
The meeting – arranged on behalf of The Gorilla Foundation – was not the first time that Koko has interacted with tiny cats. She has in the past raised and lost a cat she owned named, “Ball”, and actually cried when she learned that cat was run over and killed in the street.