Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

A TALKING GORILLA? I SHOULD KOKO ; PICK OF THE DAY KOKO: THE GORILLA WHO TALKS TO PEOPLE BBC1 8.30pm

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

A TALKING GORILLA? I SHOULD KOKO ; PICK OF THE DAY KOKO: THE GORILLA WHO TALKS TO PEOPLE BBC1 8.30pm

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LEONARDO DI CAPRIO is a huge fan, she's great with kittens, and she can hold a perfectly decent conversation - meet the gorilla who was raised as a human.

Koko, the 44-year-old, 20-stone western lowland gorilla, was 'borrowed' from San Francisco Zoo shortly after she was born by American university student Penny Patterson.

Penny, then 24, was studying animal communication and wanted to see if she could teach Koko sign language. And Koko took to talking, like er, a monkey to a banana.

The now world-famous gorilla has since lived in a mobile home in California, can sign 1,000 words, and has formed an incredible bond with Penny.

With access to decades of footage (2,000 hours we're told), this heart rending documentary is packed with astonishing moments such as Koko sweeping floors, cuddling kittens, meeting celebrities, and even riding a bike. …

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