Date Added: Aug 13, 2011
Videographer: Ron Cohn
Koko enjoys her Japanese-style birthday meal, a Bento box containing sushi, seaweed salad, pesto pizza and more. For dessert, Drs. Penny Patterson and Ron Cohn (Gorilla Foundation co-founders) bring out the birthday cake, with 4 candles (one for each decade). After Penny and Ron sign Happy Birthday, Koko blows out the candles (showing vocal/respiratory control that scientists use to believe non-human great apes didn't possess). Happy Birthday Koko, you deserve to celebrate!
Gorillas enjoy being given special treats to celebrate special occasions, like birthdays.