The world’s saddest gorilla is even sadder now that Robin Williams is gone.
Koko, who caught the world’s attention with her ability to communicate by sign language, bowed her head, her lips quivering, when Penny Patterson, the founder of a foundation that cares for her, broke the news about Williams’s passing.
In 2001, during an encounter with Williams, the Oscar-winning comedian managed to draw a smile on Koko’s face for the first time since her mate died six months earlier, according to the Huffington Post.
Williams described the meeting as “a blast” and “mind-altering” but Koko clearly thought it was unforgettable.
She remembered the lively chat and the ticklish frolics and kept a good thought for the man who made her smile.
“Koko and Robin’s encounter is a supreme example of how humans and gorillas can overcome interspecies boundaries and express the highest form of empathy — embracing differences,” the Gorilla Foundation said.
“Robin’s ability to just hang out with Koko and in minutes become one of her closest friends was extraordinary and unforgettable for Koko.”
Here’s the duo’s heartwarming encounter.
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