Thursday, May 8, 2008


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"Soft good cat cat."

Koko is one of a number of great apes in various experimental communication programs and is remarkably conversant in American Sign Language, used by hundreds of thousands of hearing-impaired people. With her linguistic skill, she asked for, and finally received, the small, tailless tabby kitten she promptly named All Ball.

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All Ball was groomed, played with, cuddled and loved, and never once showed fear of her large foster-mother, outlandish though she might seem to feline eyes. The growing relationship was cut horribly short by All Ball's death beneath the wheels of a car. This is Smokey, Koko's more recent kitty friend.

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Anonymous said...

I read a story about koko and smokey in this book called Chicken Soup for the Pet Lovers Soul. The books soo good and it's nice to actually see what they look like.