RANDOM MONKEY FACTOID ABOUT - Koko! This famous lowland gorilla was born on July 4, 1971, in San Francisco. Koko was a female gorilla who mastered over 2,000 words in American Sign Language, allowing her to communicate with humans in an astounding way. Some people felt that Koko was simply making signs without understanding their real meanings, in order to receive treats and rewards from her trainers. Francine Patterson, who was adamant that her famous animal really understood ASL, and was able to conduct lucid exchanges using hand signs, trained Koko.
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