In 2001, Robin Williams was invited to meet Koko, a gorilla who communicates in sign language and uses more than 1,000 words. The video of their visit, the two sitting together on the floor and tickling at The Gorilla Foundation in northern California, has been widely viewed on the internet (view it below).
On Tuesday the Foundation released a statement not only to express their condolences but also their belief that Koko was actually moved, too, and mourning the death of her friend. [ Robin Williams, aged 63, was found in his home on August 11 2014, having committed suicide after years of severe depression ]
The gorilla was in the room with when calls began coming into their office asking for reaction to the terrible news.
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I can say that I myself love Koko, how beautiful and magnificent is she? Apparently Robin made Koko laugh for the first time in 6 months since her mate had passed away! See, Robin Williams can even bond with and tickle animals.
Free-living gorillas live only in Africa. There are two main kinds of gorillas: Western gorillas (Gorilla gorilla) and Eastern gorillas (Gorilla beringei).
Eastern gorillas live in Rwanda, Uganda, and Democratic Republic of Congo. There are two subspecies, Mountain gorillas and Grauer’s (or Eastern lowland) gorillas. There are approximately 700 Mountain gorillas, and several thousand Eastern lowland gorillas — down from about 17,000 in the 1990’s according to the World Wildlife Fund.
Western gorillas live in Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, Central African Republic, Angola, and Nigeria. There are two subspecies, Western lowland gorillas and Cross River gorillas. There are only several hundred Cross River gorillas left in the world, and as many as 100,000 Western lowland gorillas, but the latter population has decreased by approximately 60% in the past 20-25 years, due to poaching, habitat loss, and disease, according to the WWF.
Watch Robin and Koko on the You Tube video – click on the square at the bottom right corner to view full screen. Rest In Peace, Robin.