Gorilla grieving death of friend didn’t laugh in four months, then Robin Williams tickled her

Robin Williams is remembered as an extraordinary comedian who could walk into any room and have the people inside laughing within minutes, no matter what the original atmosphere was. His passing in 2014 left people all over the world reeling and in shock, even more so as details of his depression and personal troubles surfaced in the wake of it.

Even now, six years later, this iconic actor, comedian and singer is still remembered and beloved. Williams had a unique way of connecting with people of all backgrounds, and one of the connections he formed was with Koko, a gorilla trained in sign language. In a tribute video from 2014, Koko’s caregivers showed the two meeting in 2001.

1644284333-4324-92d8292a2d88deda990328-500x1

The video shows the special talent Williams had for brightening people’s lives. In fact, it was this very talent that had caused the meeting between him and Koko in the first place. The Gorilla Foundation, the organization which took care of Koko amongst other gorillas, had reached out to the star.

A few months before, Koko had lost her best friend and playmate, another Gorilla named Michael. As she had become sad, withdrawn and depressed after her friend passed away, the foundation wanted to find a way to cheer her up again and reached out to Robin Williams. The comedian agreed to try and lift the gorilla’s spirits.

1644284334-9071-c3177ef0cd605e93dd62cf-500x1

ADVERTISEMENT

Shortly after the encounter, Williams spoke about the meeting in an interview with Today:

“We shared something extraordinary: Laughter,” Williams said. “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.”

The video showing their meeting makes clear how comfortable the two felt around each other, only a short time after meeting. Koko plays with Williams, steals his glasses of his face to try them on herself and even picks his pocket and rifles through his wallet.

1644284334-7036-af72c703b1304e7030b1f2-500x1

Many years later, when Koko heard about Williams death in 2014, she was shocked and became sad. According to her caregiver at the Gorilla Foundation, Koko looked down and stopped moving when she was told Williams had passed. A few moments later, she signed “cry” in American Sign Language. The old gorilla lady seemed to be genuinely moved and extremely sad over the comedian’s passing.

Sadly, Koko herself passed away in 2018 at the age of 46, a very respectable age for a Gorilla.

Had you seen this video before? Would you have been able to play around with a gorilla so easily? We hope Williams and Koko managed to meet again in the afterlife! Pass this heartwarming story along to your friends and family.

If you or anybody you know is struggling with thoughts of taking their own life, we urge you to visit befrienders.org to find your local suicide prevention hotline.

Related Posts

The Surprising Psychology Behind Mismatched Couples!

Contrast couples, where one partner significantly differs physically from the other, have long intrigued psychologists. At the core, these relationships challenge our inherent biases towards homogamy – the tendency to…

Read more

The Superstar Asks A Little Girl To Sing “You Raise Me Up”. Seconds Later, I Can’t Believe My Eyes

The iconic performer’s audacious leap of faith will go down in entertainment history books. All eyes were on the star in the limelight as the stage was prepared and the…

Read more

Tourists Thought They Were Approaching A Flock Of Grazing Sheep, Had No Idea How Wrong They Were

In the vastness of Wrangel Island, a part of the Arctic, over 200 bears appeared as if they were a group of grazing sheep. Both amazed tourists and brave researchers…

Read more

Prince William’s response to Prince Harry after Kate message was not ‘warm’ or ‘informal’ claims expert

Prince William sent a message to Prince Harry after learning about Kate Middleton’s cancer diagnosis, and it confirms our worst fears. Prince William and Prince Harry, who were once close,…

Read more

If you find a dryer sheet in your mailbox here’s what it means

Some of the best hacks in the world can be found on the internet- and if you have a bug problem, then this one could be for you! US postman…

Read more

How To Make Creamed Chipped Beef And Toast

Some of my most treasured childhood memories are eating meals at my Grandma’s kitchen table. I get so nostalgic these days for the recipes she used to make! If you,…

Read more

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

X