Man, this is a bummer. I don't know if you read a lot and learned a lot about Koko the Gorilla when you were a kid, but I certainly did. Koko was a gorilla who learned sign language to communicate with her handlers. She was incredibly smart and, honestly, pretty sweet. The book Koko's Kitten showed her compassion for other animals. It was actually my first exposure to Koko when I was in first grade. I'm old, please remember that.
Koko was born at the San Francisco Zoo on July 4, 1971; her full name was Hanabi-ko, Japanese for “fireworks child,” in honor of her birthdate. Taken in at a young age by animal psychologist Francine “Penny” Patterson, she learned a modified form of American Sign Language and famously was featured on the cover of National Geographic with her pet kitten.
Read more HERE! And I have to give it up to Spin for the title "Flea Collaborator Koko the Gorilla Dead at 46." Flea. Collaborator. Brilliant. Check out Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers jamming with Koko below: