Koko, one of the world’s most beloved gorillas, has passed away in her sleep at the age of 46. A gorilla’s average life span is 35–40 years.
Koko, a western lowland gorilla, was born on the Fourth of July in 1971. According to Francine "Penny" Patterson, her long-time trainer, Koko was able to engage in 2-way communication ever since she was an infant.
Koko was also known for her incredible maternal instincts. On her 44th birthday, she was granted her ultimate wish when she adopted two kittens.
In 2001, Koko famously befriend Robin Williams in a now-viral video. The pair played, joked around, tickled each other and formed an instant bond. In 2014, Koko mourned Williams’ passing.
"Her impact has been profound and what she has taught us about the emotional capacity of gorillas and their cognitive abilities will continue to shape the world," the Gorilla Foundation said.
The Gorilla Foundation says it will honor Koko’s legacy by working on wildlife conservation in Africa, an ape sanctuary in Hawaii and a sign language app.
maternal：形容詞，母性的、母系的。例句：Rita’s maternal grandmother will be 90 next month.（芮塔的外婆下個月過90大壽。）
instinct：名詞，本能、直覺。例句：Marshall says he wrote the novel on instinct.（馬修說他憑直覺寫出這部小說。）
profound：形容詞，深刻的、意味深長的。例句：Cooper declared his profound longing for peace.（庫珀宣告對和平的深切渴望。）