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Koko the Gorilla Cries Over the Loss of a Kitten

Offbeat  (tags: animals, humor, interesting, off-beat, unusual, wildlife, gorilla, kitten )

- 2108 days ago -
This is old footage of Koko the gorilla loving and caring for a pet kitten...and then crying whenever she finds out the kitty died. If anyone says animals don't feel emotions, show them this.

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MmAway M (505)
Wednesday August 15, 2012, 10:00 am
Oh Gillian this broke my heart!

So much love between two different creatures one so large, and one so tiny. Poor KoKo and poor Ball getting hit by a car.

pam w (139)
Wednesday August 15, 2012, 10:40 am
Yes, as described, this is VERY old footage. Koko has taught us a lot about the inner-workings of a gorilla mind.

Interestingly, even though she "chose" a mate for my knowledge they've never bred.

pam w (139)
Wednesday August 15, 2012, 10:42 am
AND...gorillas, being one of our nearest relatives, have a brain evolved to contain social emotions.

BUT...this doesn't mean that non-primates share those same capabilities. There's a LOT of anthropomorphizing going on here at Care2--we need to be careful to NOT put human emotions into animals' heads. They don't belong there.

Stan B (123)
Wednesday August 15, 2012, 6:50 pm
Amazing to see such a huge creature being so gentle with a much smaller one. Koko is an amazing animal. She has more compassion than many people I know.

patrica and edw jones (190)
Wednesday August 15, 2012, 9:51 pm

Gloria picchetti (304)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 7:45 am
Of course animals have feelings! The next video is way cool. Koko gets a new kitty!

Elaine Al Meqdad (283)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 7:54 am
Noted! Oh how this breaks my heart because I remember this story so well and how she mothered that kitten, she lost her child. And you are so right, anyone who for one minute does not think these animals don't have emotions is because they themselves are void of them.

Sandi C (98)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 8:02 am
noted with sadness, does she get a new kitten?

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 8:37 am
very sad.

Kerrie G (116)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 8:37 am
Noted, thanks.

Joan E (27)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 9:29 am
If you've ever had a pet, you know animals feel love, anger, loyalty, empathy, excitment, eagerness, loss... the same emotions we feel. Emotions are the same in infants and adults, the bright and the mentally challeneged, and are not limited to one species.

Gysele van Santen (213)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 10:24 am
we are all connected, all of us.

Christeen A (369)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 11:10 am
I am sad for Koko. I can't stop crying.

Patricia H. (440)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 12:21 pm
noted, touching piece

Yvonne Taylor (37)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 12:54 pm
Pam W. I sure hope you are not one of those who believes animals have no feelings?

Dianne D (490)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 1:18 pm
ALL animals feel pain and joy just like we do and all want and deserve to live. That includes cattle, pigs, sheep, chickens, turkeys sealife, etc. We aren't put on this earth to eat animals, use as entertainment or to experiment on. We are here to help and learn from animals. We are doing a very poor job of this. Now back to the video, this breaks my heart but how did the kitten die? My audio isn't working. If KoKo killed it, is it a good idea to give Koko another? The death of the kitten really concerns me. There should not be a reason for it in this compound.

Gloria H (88)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 3:28 pm
of course animals grieve over the death of their kind...elephants, dogs, etc
I wonder about people who kill...whether out of rage, or during warfare. What part of the human heart dies when that final act is committed? Would that fit into the category of "not capable of feeling"? Is that what makes us human...or not?

Cristins Calloni (0)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 3:33 pm
sad for Koko, I hope hi will have other friend to play and protect.

Nelson Baker (0)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 4:00 pm
So sad. Yes animals have emotions.

Amanda A (201)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 4:33 pm
How very sad. Am not sure on the back story, or why Kokomo is in captivity, but I wish she had more space to roam, or be free...

Barb K (1688)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 4:34 pm
Very touching! And YES, Koko DOES get a new kitten in the next video. Thnx GILLIAN!

janet f (29)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 4:48 pm
It kills me to think what we do to primates in "research" and how we keep them in cages. What a f**king shame.

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 5:02 pm
Sweet, sweet Koko. I must admit seeing how gentle and loving she was with her pal and than to see her cry over her tragic loss tore me up. I would love an update on how Koko is doing and if she got a new kitty?

Romila Lal (9)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 5:09 pm
I am sorry Koko for your loss I am sorry.

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 6:01 pm
Death is so sad for all of us!

Vicky P (476)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 7:41 pm
:( so sad..

Anne K (139)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 7:41 pm
On the thread of animals having "feelings" - Many years ago I was fostering a cat from the local humane society. I was in serious pain and very ill one day, and the cat would not leave my side. She kept licking my face and showed "concern" for me. Whether or not it was "feelings", the cat certainly was attempting to care for me.

Edgar Zuim (47)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 8:28 pm
This video shows that animals have feelings and capacity to love.

Marie W (67)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 8:58 pm
So much love.

Dana W (9)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 9:43 pm
Very touching story.

Robert Hardy (68)
Thursday August 16, 2012, 10:33 pm
And we think of our selves as the dominate animal.... not so.

Julian Robert Gonzalez (112)
Friday August 17, 2012, 12:21 am
I know animals havefeelings. My dog did. I saw a hippo savean antelope from crocidile, then took the antelope's head in his mouth and breathe kinda like mouth to head and the antelope recovered. Amazing how animals have feelings.

Ruth C (87)
Friday August 17, 2012, 5:30 am
All animals feel just like we do, all deserve to live just like we do.

This video made me cry.

Elizabeth M (65)
Friday August 17, 2012, 1:39 pm
Noted with thanks Gillian. Why would anyone be amazed that animals have deep feelings of happiness and sadness, grief and sorrow just as we do? We have thought for far too long that we are so superior in our human form.

Elizabeth M (65)
Friday August 17, 2012, 1:41 pm
Happy to know that Koko has another little kitten!!! Hope they have many years to share their joy and love.

Janet B (36)
Sunday August 19, 2012, 7:03 pm
Hope they got her a new kitten.

Klaus Peters (14)
Monday August 20, 2012, 11:11 pm
Koko is such a sensitive gorilla with a big heart, very touching. Glad Koko has a new kitten.

Melania P (122)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 3:07 pm
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