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Is that a real grilla?

Is that a real grilla?

Posted On: March 12, 2010
Date Taken: January 14, 2007


Photographer: Ron Cohn

Someone emailed us that question in response to the Jan. 12 KokoPix. It"s hard to believe sometimes that gorillas can act (and think and feel) so much like us - without having an actor inside. But we have "actors" inside us too, and sometimes the way we act probably prompts gorillas like Koko to ask "is that a real human?".

By the way, Koko has been spending more time inside this past week, as the temperatures in northern California have been getting down below freezing at night - not the ideal temperature for lowland gorillas. Thank goodness (and human scientists and engineers) for climate control technology.

Is that a real grilla?

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