It seems the grief surrounding the death of Robin Williams is so great it has even transcending the human race. According to Dr. Penny Patterson, Koko, a gorilla who has, reportedly, been trained to communicate with humans via sign language, is also heartbroken about his death.
Back in 2001, Robin Williams headed to The Gorilla Foundation in Woodside, California for a photoshoot. He met Koko, and I think it's fair to say they quickly became firm friends.
The pair spent a long time playing around, especially tickling each other, and it seems Koko was attracted to his instant warmth and good humor. Dr Patterson explained:
Koko instantly connected with Robin. Koko, like us, can sense a person’s nature and in this case, she was quickly drawn to Robin’s warm heart.
According to Patterson, Koko has learned to understand 2000 English language words, and over 1000 words in sign language. Like humans, she was also apparently devastated by the news. Patterson continued:
After the first call, Koko came to Dr. Patterson with an inquiring look on her face. Dr. Patterson explained that 'we have lost a dear friend, Robin Williams... Koko was quiet and looked very thoughtful.
Slowly, throughout the day, the full extent of what happened, apparently dawned on Koko:
At the end of the day, Koko became very somber, with her head bowed and her lip quivering.
Following the news on Monday, The Gorilla Foundation uploaded this video showing Robin Williams' encounter with Koko.
Williams' encounter with Koko was something he had spoken extensively about in interviews and even included in within some of his stand-up skits. Indeed, Koko seemed very fond of Robin Williams indeed...