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Koko eats all her veggies ( subtitled )

Posted On: February 26, 2010
Date Taken: May 25, 2009


Videographer: Penny Patterson

Koko eats a breakfast largely comprised of vegetables, and finishes every last bit. She starts with a plastic container full of cooked, mixed vegetables, which she delicately eats with a spoon. Then she proceeds to crunch on a hand full of string beans, before calling it a breakfast. Ron (Dr. Ron Cohn, co-founder, VP and photo/video-documentarian) can be heard softly in the background talking about some nice-looking donated cauliflowers that Koko may be sampling later that day (for lunch). Penny (Dr. Penny Patterson, co-founder, President and Director of Research) takes this video with a hand-held camera, while commenting on Koko's vigorous and single-minded approach to breakfast. Her comments are also included here as subtitles. Enjoy the meal!

Lesson: Gorillas can use tools naturally, but can also learn to use our tools (eg, spoons). When they do, they become quite natural at it (just as we do, with practice).

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