Koko Brushes Her Hair (in the mirror of course)

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Photographer: Ron Cohn

Source: Gary Stanley

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Most of you who tune in to Koko.org regularly are probably way beyond being surprised that gorillas can recognize themselves in a mirror – which is supposed to be a sign of conscious self-awareness according to psychologists. But this photo of Koko brushing her hair while looking in a hand-held mirror demonstrates more than self-awareness, it also demonstrates another typically “human” trait: vanity.

If you have any doubts that Koko senses the world pretty much like you and I (though perhaps without the extraneous thoughts) just visit KokoTV online, or watch the video “A Conversation with Koko.”

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