This Gorilla Had Adopted A Pet Cat, But Watch When A Human Goes To Tell Her The Kitten Is Dead

According to research, chimpanzees are the closest relatives of humans, and the next in line are gorillas. The genetic makeup of a gorilla is 98% similar to that of humans, so obviously some of their traits are common as well. They are one of the most intelligent animals on the planet and this video shows that they also have feelings and form emotional attachments, just like us.

The following footage is sort of old, but it still holds a lot of emotion. Koko the gorilla is famous all over the world for having learned a large number of hand signs from a modified version of American Sign Language, but she understands a lot more than sign language. When she was desperate to be a mom, Koko adopted a pet kitten as her own. They spent countless hours playing together and were very attached to each other, but the cat was allowed to roam free as she pleased. One day she was killed by a truck on a nearby logging road, and when the woman in the video tells Koko what happened, she understood immediately and signed that she was sad and crying. Later, in private, Koko was heard crying and grieving the loss of her best friend. If anyone tells you animals don’t have emotions, just show them this moving video and have your tissues ready. Unfortunately for Koko, being so clever also means complete understanding of what it means to lose someone she loved.

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