Since the loss of her best friend, a gorilla has been mourning for six months- until Robin Williams visited her!
Of all the things we can say about Robin Williams, we will choose to simply point out that he was truly one of a kind.
Many people are born genius, with impressive talents and skills, but this man was also born with virtue and incredible goodness.
Not only those who had been blessed to meet him, but everyone else who has ever been in the same room with him, and every single one of us who has witnessed his unique charm, kindness, and charisma, know that back in 2014, the world lost one of the best men ever born.
Long after this tragedy, people still talk about this optimistic and impressive human being, who was an iconic actor, and one of the funniest men in the entertainment business.
Even animals could not resist the star, and the following story proves it! Six months after the death of her best friend and playmate, Koko, a female gorilla, was still mourning the loss.
This was the reason why, in 2001, the Gorilla Foundation in California asked this amazing man to try and brighten her up.
This gorilla was incredibly intelligent, comprehended the English language, and could communicate by a modified version of the American Sign Language.
Koko’s caregiver noted that her vocabulary involved about 1,000 words of the Gorilla Sign Language, and she also understood almost 2000 words in English.
She was reported to have the intelligence of a three-year-old human child.
Koko was born at the San Francisco Zoo, but lived most of her life in the Santa Cruz mountains, under the care of The Gorilla Foundation in Woodside.
Since the death of her best friend, Koko has been devastated and depressed, so her caretakers decided to help her by asking Williams to try and brighten her up.
Williams later explained that the experience has been mind-altering, and he developed an instant, genuine relationship with the gorilla. Her ability to understand him, respond, and express her feelings fascinated him.
“We shared something extraordinary: Laughter. Koko understands spoken English and uses over 1,000 signs to share her feelings and thoughts about daily events, life, love, even death. It was awesome and unforgettable.”
In the video, he sits on a chair and waits for the gorilla. When she showed up, she sat on the floor, took his hand, and pulled him out of the chair to take a seat on the floor with her.
In an attempt to sense his vibes, Koko held his hand to her nose for some time, absorbing his scent. Williams was calm all the time, fascinated by the gorilla and the way she acted.
Koko eventually felt safe and secure, so she revealed her playful nature! She took Robin’s glasses and tried them on! Then she got him tickling her, and even looked at his wallet, maybe to check his ID?
These two then spent much time playing, laughing together, and crawling around the room. Robin was impressed by her, and Koko also appeared interested in his appearance and character.
According to Koko’s caretaker Dr. Penny Patterson, Williams managed to take her out of the darkness that she’d lived in half a year.
Robin even made the gorilla smile, something they have not seen for this entire time, ever since Michael, her gorilla mate died, at the age of 27.
Laughter is the best medicine, isn’t it?
In a tribute post to Williams, Patterson added:
“Robin’s ability to just ‘hang out’ with Koko, a gorilla, and in minutes become one of her closest friends, was extraordinary and unforgettable. But not only did Robin cheer up Koko, the effect was mutual, and Robin seemed transformed.”
What a healing experience!
Before they parted, Koko kissed Robin’s hand, and gave him a big and warm hug!
Robin’s death deeply hurt Koko, according to Patterson. The gorilla overheard her caretaker talking about it, and she even made the hand sign for the word “cry” with her hands.
The photo below was taken after Koko found out about this, and her guardians explained that she was extremely sad, with her head faced down, and a trembling lip.
Koko died in her sleep at the age of 46 several years ago, in 2018.
Just like her, countless souls out there were touched by Robin’s incredible energy and goodwill.
He will never be forgotten.