Koko's 32nd Birthday Walk ( slideshow )

Posted On: February 26, 2010
Date Taken: July 04, 2004

Videographer: Ron Cohn

Although Koko was more subdued on her 32nd birthday than on her 31st, she enjoyed her feast foods (especially the new ones) and opening her many gifts and cards, which she spent more time examining than last year.

She started the day with her ritual birthday walk, which began at 7:45 AM, and took her from Ndume’s building to Penny’s car, to outdoor gardening activities, to snooping in on the communication research office.

She reluctantly came in at 10:10 AM. Penny thinks she really wanted to spend the entire day on the walk.

Once inside, Koko’s birthday feast began (including birthday cake with live candles—and yes, she blew them out in one breath), followed by a longer-than-usual session of opening and examining her presents and cards.

At the end of the day, Koko retired in a nest of her gifts and played with her new bracelet, until it was time to turn out the lights continue the celebration in her dreams.

Lesson: Koko loves a good walk with the family.

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