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Remembering the human side of Koko the gorilla

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With a sign language vocabulary of more than a 1,000 words and the ability to understand thousands more, Koko was a scientific marvel and source of wonder for decades. The Western Lowland gorilla, who died this week at the age of 46, captured the world’s attention not just for her communication skills, but also for her displays of human-like emotions. Anthony Mason reports. Subscribe to the "CBS This Morning" Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Q0v2hE Watch "CBS This Morning" HERE: http://bit.ly/1T88yAR Watch the latest installment of "Note to Self," only on "CBS This Morning," HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1Sh8XlB Follow "CBS This Morning" on Instagram HERE: http://bit.ly/1Q7NGnY Like "CBS This Morning" on Facebook HERE: http://on.fb.me/1LhtdvI Follow "CBS This Morning" on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1Xj5W3p Follow "CBS This Morning" on Google+ HERE: http://bit.ly/1SIM4I8 Get the latest news and best in original reporting from CBS News delivered to your inbox. Subscribe to newsletters HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1RqHw7T Get your news on the go! Download CBS News mobile apps HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1Xb1WC8 Get new episodes of shows you love across devices the next day, stream local news live, and watch full seasons of CBS fan favorites anytime, anywhere with CBS All Access. Try it free! http://bit.ly/1OQA29B Delivered by Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King, "CBS This Morning" offers a thoughtful, substantive and insightful source of news and information to a daily audience of 3 million viewers. The Emmy Award-winning broadcast presents a mix of daily news, coverage of developing stories of national and global significance, and interviews with leading figures in politics, business and entertainment. Check local listings for "CBS This Morning" broadcast times.
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Wanda Neff (2 hours ago)
I loved Koko! I will miss her sorely.
CryptGenji (1 day ago)
RIP koko
Unhander (3 days ago)
I feel really sorry for Penny. It must have been like loosing a child. Also does anyone know why Koko never managed to have a baby she wanted?
Kit Cumbie (8 days ago)
I think it's insulting to refer to intelligent, gentle, friendly Koko as having a human side. She was better than many humans are.
MorpheusOmikron (11 days ago)
Wonder if we'd have been better off with Koko for president.
NaGz Vevo (15 days ago)
Where's Koko's off spring?
Mark Fox (18 days ago)
Koko was a person, don't be fooled by the dirty lies yous wore all told Koko is not real..... Facts of life animals cannot do what humans will ever do facts...
vaidheeswaran balu (22 days ago)
Gentle giant..
Emamul Arfeen (27 days ago)
Robin and koko the best thing that could ever have happened to heaven
William D Matherly (1 month ago)
RIP KoKo Baby I Love you
India Elizabeth (1 month ago)
I love you koko ❤️😣😭🐵
Karenly Paradiso (1 month ago)
Josh P (1 month ago)
Sad Monkiie (1 month ago)
Angela Hinshaw (1 month ago)
Rip koko i will miss you
Camille Bossard (1 month ago)
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KingDT2007 (2 months ago)
Did you know that Koko was the least hairy creature in the room when Robin Williams was in their
antitoast the glorious (2 months ago)
Awh damnit that sucks, F
ie ra (2 months ago)
I'm crying. RIP Koko
marty (2 months ago)
34 people here must be idiots
Star _gazer (2 months ago)
Damn I loved her 😢😭 RIP koko! ♡⚘
Anand Mehra (2 months ago)
Raheleh Leyla (2 months ago)
Poor wonderful Koko, that so much wanted a baby, & never got the chanse 2 be a mother! :(
Kaitlyn Chavarria (2 months ago)
Wow that’s crazy I never knew about this she knew sign language crazy
Pak Poom (2 months ago)
Cassie Stoddard (2 months ago)
She was really sad when Robbin Williams died because they were friends
James Ferrerosa (2 months ago)
Robert Williams and Koko ❤️😭
Kokos death should've been big as harambes, rest in peace those two lovely souls
Jeff Bardot (2 months ago)
Now I believe that humans evolved from Apes.
Quesadilla (3 months ago)
Koko is in heaven 💞
Edison Trent (3 months ago)
Ironically, Koko was more human than some of us
XxKing PeacexX (3 months ago)
Almost started crying when saw Robin Williams smiling 😭
Cowboy Animal (3 months ago)
RIP. She had a higher IQ than many Americans.
lim sheng (3 months ago)
An incredible animal, displays human like intelligence, I'm sure apes of all kinds bear similar or greater intelligence.
StudioSmith (3 months ago)
She lost her cat in a car accident :((((
Bigfanm3new (3 months ago)
miss my n
Smokey Bear (3 months ago)
Flea hung out with Koko as well
Stoney Wan (3 months ago)
I miss you Koko
Arlene Gonzales (3 months ago)
Casey Levins (3 months ago)
I knew it was coming but I instantly cried seeing her with Robin.
Guy McEntarffer (3 months ago)
Poor gorilla. She should’ve been left alone, in the wild. Learning sign language really messed up her brain. Humans always try to change things to be more like themselves.
Lawliet (3 months ago)
1:58 Koko is too close on mr. Rogers............
LpsWild Cat (3 months ago)
R.I.P. KoKo. My class actually loved the book, and it’s really sad to see her go. :( 😖😫😩😭😢
Nathan Conner (3 months ago)
Koko broke barriers of what animals are capable of. She was the eighth wonder of the world.
It’sthesmasher Carlson (3 months ago)
i wish i had that
MLG Godzilla (3 months ago)
Next Elon Musk's song will be Rip Koko
JuWo Gaming (3 months ago)
James (3 months ago)
RIP koko gbnf
Pinoy Boi (3 months ago)
at least he gets to play with all ball
Jacob Mclemore (3 months ago)
Joshua Dominguez (3 months ago)
How amazing are these gentle giants !
k et (3 months ago)
R.I.P. Harambae
Kardz22 (3 months ago)
Rip koko, better than harambe
Yeeting_Fetus (3 months ago)
it just makes you think... what really seperates humans from other species?
Xenojie (3 months ago)
Now hes hanging with Harambe Smoking trees
laura galvez villamarin (4 months ago)
She died last year???!!!!, I just found out now 😔😭😭😭!!
Raxes ! (4 months ago)
Koko meet william shatner?! What a life
Monkey Sok (4 months ago)
How good you are?
Monkey Sok (4 months ago)
Good relationship with human
Monkey Sok (4 months ago)
Nice video
yaggle fraggle (4 months ago)
Koko wanted a baby for many years. Never got one :(
Sib Mats-Marvu (4 months ago)
😥 Sad
lakhwinder singh (4 months ago)
God bless u koko
Rebecca Crystian (4 months ago)
chidubem (4 months ago)
The wife King Kong never had.
love a nurse 55 (4 months ago)
Beautiful Koko❤️🌹❤️
James Carlin (5 months ago)
That's amazing ...i needed that...in a world that is so unforgiving and corrupt...its these moments I find solice
Tammy Huennerkopf (5 months ago)
God bless you Koko. Shared.
It’s amazing how intelligent they can get, maybe in the future they will be able to speak words!
Kat P (6 months ago)
Every time I watch Koko I cry. More human than any human I've met in 54yrs!
MARQUESA de SANTOS (7 months ago)
Koko... I love you forever my darling 🐵❤❤❤❤❤😢😢😭😭😭
Arial Tellez (7 months ago)
We miss u koko ❤️😭
VAMR1991 (7 months ago)
Should never have humanised her in the first place. RIP Koko.
Media Dimension (8 months ago)
Amazing experiment Wonder if this will be done on a massive scale
Rick Delgadillo (8 months ago)
Dear koko, much more human than said humans are.. He knew what love means and loved all those who had a chance to be or be able to meet him. Maria
David Goldin (8 months ago)
Very moving. We share most of our genes and emotions with gorillas. But I've got a feeling that it would have been better for both Penny and Koko for each of them to have spent more time living within their own species.
Patricia (8 months ago)
R.I.P. Koko.....I instantly cried...just finding out now that Koko had passed...
Barbie G. (9 months ago)
Hopefully there's a Rainbow Bridge and they'll see each other again.. (Sad) I love animals..
Castlegrad (9 months ago)
Celebrities always got to take the limelight - such attention seekers! >:(
vikkihottie55 (9 months ago)
I love you Koko~~God Bless you~~
Fakri Harraz (9 months ago)
the beginning of primate revolution
Zak Fullers (9 months ago)
This proves something amazing R.I.P koko
Cassie Stoddard (10 months ago)
By by koko I admired you growing up.😍
18betz (10 months ago)
And, a word of gratefulness to Ms Patterson for her devotion.
IrishSpirit Eyes (10 months ago)
I cry everytime I watch Koko....such a lovable soul
Larry Jennings (10 months ago)
God Bless you Koko.
Tina Morey (10 months ago)
Penny : GOD bless you , you are in my prayers ! Goodbye sweet Koko 💜😞
Tina Morey (10 months ago)
Koko never got to be a momma...i can't stop crying ! I LOVE YOU KOKO & ALL BALL... R.I.HEAVEN DOLL !😞😚💜💕🐱
Cappy 22 (11 months ago)
Back in the day Stanford researched cool stuff like koko. Fast forward to 2017 and they're working on social justice and chicks with dicks 🤔
Mademoiselle SM (11 months ago)
You're a clever one, Koko. God bless you.
QUEEN - H (11 months ago)
I will always love u Koko...thank u for ur love lessons to human being...u r awsome gorilla. 😢😢😭😭😍😍😍😍😍
Mayra Alamina (11 months ago)
Always love koko 😍💖
Concepcion Cagumbay (11 months ago)
North Shore (11 months ago)
I wish koko could have had a baby..
Nancy Spain (11 months ago)
KoKo will always be known as one of this worlds great ambassadors❣️ Rest in peace & love dear lady.
Sherie Deprow (11 months ago)
REST IN PEACE KOKO 😢💔💗 YOU ARE A SPECIAL GIRL, I would have jumped at the chance to spend alot of time with you. ..
Mr Anonymous (11 months ago)
Unique individual. She will be missed.
Ashanti71 (11 months ago)
Aaww, I'm sad, but also know she will be back. Maybe in a human body? Love you Koko <3
Chaim Rothberg (11 months ago)
This freakin Guy (11 months ago)
She was more human than %50 of actual humans

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