What Happened To Koko The Talking Gorilla

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  • Published on Dec 20, 2018
  • Koko was a gorilla who actually proved animals CAN talk to us.
    She knew at least 1,000 words of American Sign Language (ASL) and could understand about 2,000 words of spoken English. Koko became an international celebrity during the late Seventies. She was featured in multiple documentaries and on the cover of magazines.
    On the morning of June 19, 2018 she died in her sleep. Koko the incredible talking gorilla will certainly be missed by fans around the world!
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  • Happy Raccoon
    Happy Raccoon 6 hours ago

    Koko is touching. I had to do security work at her "compound" in 1987. You see not everyone could love Koko because Penny and her political cronies intruded onto People's private property and personal rights. Didn't get much news outside of the Palo Alto Times, SF Chronical. But that's not Kiki's fault. No one wants there very expensive property effected by an ape and her controller.

  • green yoshi gamer gaming,vlogs,and more dumb stuff

    First of all, Coco didn't talk...she sign language.
    Did you fuckers kill her?

  • Roman Vargas
    Roman Vargas 8 hours ago

    KOKO

  • Margaret Hawker
    Margaret Hawker 8 hours ago

    She had no rite to take you away as a baby. Now you are free from her. R I P. KOKO.

  • Margaret Hawker
    Margaret Hawker 8 hours ago

    Love you always koko R I P.

  • Margaret Hawker
    Margaret Hawker 9 hours ago

    Koko is free now. She took koko away when she was a baby for her own experiments. What a selfish horrable bitch who became a celeb.poor koko i can cry when i look at the terrable life of abuse. NOW HESE FREE
    LOVE YOU KOKO R I P.

  • Yung Daggerdick
    Yung Daggerdick 10 hours ago

    1 year ago today rip

  • Brenda Norton
    Brenda Norton Day ago

    Does anyone know why Koko never became a Mother herself?

  • Ludivine Lazzari

    One year now 😒

  • Carol AndDaryl
    Carol AndDaryl Day ago

    Poor creature had a miserable life in captivity so humans could prove a point. Lets not pretend otherwise.

  • lydia van Dolder

    Wow I am so surprised by the comments. Let animals be animals, and live in nature. Not in a home and have lessons every day in a cage!!

  • Dangerous Dave
    Dangerous Dave 2 days ago

    Koko joined Antifa

  • Andrey Anno
    Andrey Anno 2 days ago

    RIP Koko

  • Scott Bridgeforth
    Scott Bridgeforth 2 days ago

    Gods own Koko

  • Scott Bridgeforth
    Scott Bridgeforth 2 days ago

    True blessing true wonder

  • BrawlKing _YT
    BrawlKing _YT 2 days ago

    We need more apes like koko

  • Cynthia Ahern
    Cynthia Ahern 3 days ago

    I knew that Koko died in her sleep but does anyone know why she died? I can't find it anywhere.

  • JuNard Amere
    JuNard Amere 3 days ago

    Why not breed her to keep her blood line going? She was obliviously special. Might not ever get a chance to do something like this again.

  • *Do YoU wAnT sOmE pIe?*

    Poor little angle

  • Trini Star
    Trini Star 3 days ago +1

    why doesnt kokos caregiver do interviews in famous talk shows about kokos life n death

  • Heru Dewantara
    Heru Dewantara 4 days ago

    Why we didnt use it to translate other animal

  • Joe Bloggs
    Joe Bloggs 4 days ago

    God love you Koko

  • Tarek Bania
    Tarek Bania 4 days ago

    give koko a noble peace prize.

  • Kxnzie what
    Kxnzie what 4 days ago

    Bless

  • Domino Newport
    Domino Newport 4 days ago

    R.I.P. KOKO you are a Wonderful,Smart,Beautiful, Loving gorilla You will be missed and will be remembered as the way you are I LOVE YOU SO MUCH KOKO and I wish I could of met you πŸ˜’πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜πŸ˜›πŸ˜œπŸ˜—πŸ˜™πŸ˜˜πŸ˜šπŸ™ˆπŸ™‰πŸ™ŠπŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’œπŸ’“πŸ’”πŸ’•πŸ’–πŸ’—πŸ’˜πŸ’πŸ’žπŸ’ŸπŸ’πŸ΅πŸ˜ΊπŸ˜ΌπŸ˜ΈπŸŒΊ

  • FARHANA SHAIK
    FARHANA SHAIK 5 days ago +1

    Miss u koko

  • adventure expost
    adventure expost 5 days ago

    why why is it not matched with gorilla males???

  • Yutong Chimyang
    Yutong Chimyang 5 days ago

    😭😭😭😭

  • Tommy Summers
    Tommy Summers 6 days ago

    I love that girl!!!!! Koko you will always be in heart xxxxxx

  • Arun Kumar
    Arun Kumar 6 days ago

    That’s what she said......humans are stupid

  • Sammy Ace
    Sammy Ace 7 days ago

    KOKO WAS SMOKING CRACK WITH BIGFOOT, AND RICK JAMEZ BITCHZ 😎

  • Night Wolf Moon
    Night Wolf Moon 7 days ago

    I didn't know Koko died either but i also didn't know Robin Williams is a old friend to her.☺

  • XDmxrganX
    XDmxrganX 7 days ago

    :((((

  • Carl Barber
    Carl Barber 7 days ago

    Those kittens are like what the fuck is this right here.

  • Carl Barber
    Carl Barber 7 days ago

    I'm not one of the millions, I'm just not.

  • R N
    R N 8 days ago

    I wish i have a friend like you koko...RIP brother.

  • JONATHAN C
    JONATHAN C 8 days ago

    Koko is a paid actor, you almost can see the mask at 6:11, they sell this customs at the swap meet

  • Sam Esmail
    Sam Esmail 9 days ago

    Koko is in WH

  • Karen Diliddo
    Karen Diliddo 9 days ago

    Truly a heart-warming story, an amazing, intelligent, loving individual from whom we all need to learn from. Light and love to allπŸ’•πŸŽ΅

    • Karen Diliddo
      Karen Diliddo 9 days ago

      She is loved and missed by the millions of people who's hearts were deeply touched by her, myself included β£οΈπŸ’™πŸ’“πŸ–€ Namaste

  • Amitesh Anand
    Amitesh Anand 9 days ago

    πŸ˜ͺ she was so cute .
    God give this kind of Friends everyone, who have feelings for Them 🦍

  • Crafty Crafter’s Place

    I hope her life was good

  • Mariaice133
    Mariaice133 9 days ago

    Iq of an infant.. Argh.. An infant couldn't do all this..

  • Cathy Ferrari
    Cathy Ferrari 9 days ago

    I’m so glad she died in her sleep as opposed to being put down or suffering from something awful. Although I absolutely loved the visit with Robin Williams, my favourite is when she was with Mr. Rogers. It was so lovely. RIP lovely lady.

  • Paula C
    Paula C 10 days ago

    😳😭😭😭😭

  • Mick Sadler
    Mick Sadler 10 days ago

    R.I.P Koko Never Be Forgotten xxxx

  • Filip Velickovic
    Filip Velickovic 10 days ago +1

    I got sad as soon as I saw that they spoke of her in the past tenses... 😒 R.I.P

  • Rehan Aulakh
    Rehan Aulakh 10 days ago

    Sadly man knew she will teach language to her offsprings, this will result in an animal race that can become way intelligent.. Man felt insecure.. Man bad

  • RAVI DHYANI
    RAVI DHYANI 11 days ago

    Nice

  • Mad City Music Live
    Mad City Music Live 11 days ago

    She died...next question?!?

  • Lynn Zubich
    Lynn Zubich 11 days ago

    How sad. 😭 The part about her mourning Robin Williams was sad too. It shows that primates are closer to us in feelings then some want to admit.

  • Echiya
    Echiya 11 days ago

    great Koko..... awful soundtrack.

  • tune
    tune 11 days ago

    She's in heaven! Thank you God for all of your beautiful creatures.

  • Frances Lambert
    Frances Lambert 11 days ago +1

    She died as she lived. LOVED but not free.

  • Abby Elaurza
    Abby Elaurza 11 days ago

    What!? Koko died last year!? Why I didn't knew this... Ughh, this is sad.

  • Akis V.
    Akis V. 11 days ago

    why wasnt koko allowed to have babies since she wanted it so bad?

  • Gian Madronero
    Gian Madronero 11 days ago

    God bless you Koko..

  • mariya saify
    mariya saify 11 days ago

    koko was smarter than me :)

  • Shan Hussain
    Shan Hussain 11 days ago

    RIP you gentle beast 😭

  • Cheryll Hamilton
    Cheryll Hamilton 11 days ago +4

    Koko was truly one of God's greatest creations. Such a loving, sweet, and truly adorable girl.

  • Gospel Vanlalremruata
    Gospel Vanlalremruata 12 days ago

    i love her and I'll never forget her.... love you KOKO.. for showing us a better way....
    R. I. P. KOKO
    Your fan.

  • Dwi Puji Dharmawati
    Dwi Puji Dharmawati 12 days ago

    😭😭

  • Cousin It
    Cousin It 12 days ago

    RIP koko.β˜οΈπŸ˜”πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

  • Debra Prince
    Debra Prince 12 days ago

    IQ between 70 and 90? I have no idea how they can estimate the IQ of an infant or what age they consider an infant to be (6 months? 2 years?) but there are plenty of adults wirh 90 IQs (70 is admittedly pretty slow but not profoundly retarded) and they are considered to be just a bit below the average of 100. Plenty walking around, working jobs, having families. I know they often said Koko was very smart for a gorilla and I guess that was true. Maybe all gorillas might not have been capable of learning as much as her but I bet most of them could have learned at least a few signs. Would have been interesting to watch them talk amongst themselves especially if you got a group of smarter than average gorillas....a whole group...and then see how the babies turn out.

  • x Mandii x 222
    x Mandii x 222 12 days ago

    We derive from them, that's why they are so so intelligent and can communicate like us

  • Caroline  White
    Caroline White 12 days ago

    Sorry that was just cruel locked up all those years she should have been roaming mountain's with her own group having her own family it's so sad

  • Tattoo Dave
    Tattoo Dave 12 days ago

    We ALl have a lot to learn from each other. COCO was definitely a love bug!

  • Ofer Krupka
    Ofer Krupka 12 days ago

    I wish she was a mother...
    She probably would’ve tech her children sign language.

  • Dime TheDude
    Dime TheDude 12 days ago

    Jesus Christ... no
    I’m not crying

  • vj s
    vj s 12 days ago +1

    RIP koko miss u

  • dini gurung
    dini gurung 12 days ago

    rip i knew about you today after you are already dead i wish i could time travel

  • till gamer
    till gamer 12 days ago

    June 19 is coming up get ready to celebrate.

  • Julie Greene
    Julie Greene 12 days ago

    Did she die of old age. Had she been sick. What was cause of death.

  • Judy
    Judy 12 days ago

    Rest In Peace KoKo πŸ™πŸ’•πŸ΅

  • AMANDA SWORLD
    AMANDA SWORLD 12 days ago

    Penny sending you love from England i cant imagine what its like loosing a child.x

  • TK D
    TK D 12 days ago

    I'm not crying, you're.😿

  • SANGAMITHRA SWAMINATHAN
    SANGAMITHRA SWAMINATHAN 12 days ago +1

    I expected her to talk like us but thn i realised how stupid i am πŸ˜‚

  • PanuTheDog ^_^
    PanuTheDog ^_^ 12 days ago

    There should be a novie about koko.β™‘

  • Jamisen Hilvers-Myers
    Jamisen Hilvers-Myers 12 days ago

    I just found out too...I actually am crying, I truly loved this Gorilla as if I knew her...I guess it is good to know she passed away peacefully, in her sleep.

  • Watsonz Klangprakhon
    Watsonz Klangprakhon 13 days ago

    Your jumping scare with breaking TV scene make heart attack.

  • Tiaan Snyman
    Tiaan Snyman 13 days ago +1

    Koko is the world most famous gorilla
    harambe:am i a joke to you

  • sage boy lit
    sage boy lit 13 days ago

    4:51 that scared me πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  • Thunder'sDad
    Thunder'sDad 14 days ago

    It's hard to type with tears in my eyes. How blessed we were to have Koko to learn from. What a wonderful being she was.

  • ronit rayewar
    ronit rayewar 14 days ago

    Hats off to the lady..

  • Freign Stewart
    Freign Stewart 14 days ago

    The last time I watched koko.. she was still alive... But i just knew it today.. she was gone...

  • A Salas
    A Salas 14 days ago

    Dicks out for Koko

  • Cindy P
    Cindy P 14 days ago

    I just now learn of Koko's death. I cry.

  • Matthew Parsons
    Matthew Parsons 15 days ago

    All your videos is all part of history, some are pleasant, and some are not.

  • Eevee
    Eevee 16 days ago

    She was an "evolved" ape. ❀️

  • John Jay
    John Jay 16 days ago

    She was the happiest gorilla on earth?? You cannot be serious. Her wish was to be a mother..but thanks to human captivity, she wasn't able to. Humans imprisoned her and forced her to learn how to communicate with us, and never be around her own species. Robbed of the life that a free and wild species should have. And they have the hubris to say she was the happiest gorilla on earth. Humans suck ass.

  • Pikse
    Pikse 16 days ago

    Did anyone notice too...?
    She died June 19, 2018...
    And who died in June 18, 2018..? XXXtentacion..
    So it means Koko died 1 day later than X... 😭

  • K.M. Fighter
    K.M. Fighter 17 days ago

    πŸ’˜

  • Marilyn Thomas
    Marilyn Thomas 17 days ago

    R. I.P Koko. You will be missed very much. πŸ˜’πŸ’žπŸ’žπŸŒΉ

  • Katalin Catchpolene Fister

    Yeah was happy? Probably would have been much happier with his own kind living in nature

  • ROBLOX ROBLOX
    ROBLOX ROBLOX 17 days ago

    3:58 ME WHEN I HAVE TO STUDY FOR EXAMS

  • Zr francine De Jezu
    Zr francine De Jezu 17 days ago

    Thank You God.. I love Koko..really.. Thank you dear Francine, for your amazing love to make The World more respect to Our Almighty Creator Mundi
    See you in Heaven Koko our best friend. Gbu dearest Francine, πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜πŸ˜β€πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦β€πŸ’–πŸ˜˜

  • Angie Hemingway
    Angie Hemingway 17 days ago +2

    Penny, thank you so much for sharing Koko with the world. β™₯️

  • Muffin & Gizmo
    Muffin & Gizmo 17 days ago

    We love you Koko and will miss you forever in our hearts.
    ❀️

  • 20,000 subscribers without a video

    It's 2019, 18 days before she turns 1 year dead already πŸ˜­πŸ˜“

  • Samson Gonson
    Samson Gonson 18 days ago

    She should be let in the jungle so that she could be mother....this is so sad. "Human stupid!".

  • flightstarfoxxe wolf
    flightstarfoxxe wolf 19 days ago

    I miss Koko I wish I was able to meet her, she was just so intelligent.