Monday, August 09, 2004

Koko the Gorilla Healthy As Ever

Some of you (us) may remember Koko as "the [Gorilla] that could [speak in sign language]." Technically she still "can" (vs. could) but that's not the point. (Btw, Koko is also the Gorilla that had a pet cat, in case that helps.) The point is this article over at CNN on Koko's recent request for dental work. The reason I mention it is this quote:
Her teacher, Francine Patterson, was at her side when the anesthesiologist prepared to put her under in the morning, and apparently Koko asked to meet her specialists.

They crowded around her, and Koko, who plays favorites, asked one woman wearing red to come closer. The woman handed her a business card, which Koko promptly ate.
Ah well. Maybe Koko was just monkeying around.