Watch Koko interact with a new object that she had not seen before; the words “bracelet” and “crown” are written on the object and Koko uses the enrichment item both ways. She ends up deciding that she likes one option much better than the other, and lets us know!
Koko was very particular and had strong opinions and preferences. In this video, it is clear that gorillas possess the ability to weigh their options and make a choice, an insight into their minds that Koko was able to give us every day through the language we shared with her.
This shared communication was so important for giving her the kind of rich and loving life she deserved.