Koko The Gorilla Adopts 2 Kittens For Her Birthday

Koko the Gorilla loves babies, and for her 44th birthday, she got to adopt two kittens.

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This is love at its sweetest.

If this doesn’t make your heart melt into a puddle… no. It will, no matter what.

In a video uploaded to YouTube by kokoflix, Koko the Gorilla (the brilliant and amazing gorilla who knows sign language, has had several books written about her and feels all the feels), celebrates her 44th birthday by playing with a litter of kittens. And since Koko loves babies so much, and the chance to play with gorilla babies is so rare, she got to adopt not one but two of the kittens.

This isn’t the first time she has bonded with a kitten — there’s a book written about the first time she adopted a kitten — but it might just be the sweetest. Because not only did she instantly connect with a gray kitten she chose to adopt, but a black kitten fell in love with Koko and chose the gorilla to be her new family! Twice the fun and twice the cuteness is certainly what this incredible ape deserves.

She's the perfect mama. Via YouTube

She’s the perfect mama. Via YouTube

It’s absolutely incredible how gentle she is with the kittens, and just how loving Koko is in everyday life. There was no hesititation from the humans around her when they placed a box of tiny kittens in front of her. No concern as to how she would be or if she could be gentle. Koko is clearly a lover, not a fighter.

The best part of the video, by far, is the moment she asks in sign language to have one of the kittens placed on her head. She looks completely content to have the tiny furball kneading her scalp.

"Ditto," says everyone. Via YouTube

“Ditto,” says everyone. Via YouTube

Can we all have kittens put on our heads? Best. Birthday. Ever.

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  • This is REALLY beautiful! May our Heavenly Father bless Koko and her ‘babies’ with a long, healthy and happy friendship!

    If a gorilla and kittens can get along with each other, why can’t we humans?

    May our Heavenly Father bless ALL animals, their environments and the people who are truly passionate about them! xo xo xo xo xo xo

    Wendye L Kolles November 18, 2015 1:40 am Reply
    • Amen Wendye!!!!

      Kelly November 18, 2015 6:28 am Reply
  • This is just beautiful. A gorilla and kittens proves that we are all connected.Even more than that,proves the gorilla may be more human then some humans.

    Ann Altermann November 18, 2015 2:40 am Reply
    • You said it well. Koko is more human than some humans. It’s a wonderful video.

      Suzanne Becker November 18, 2015 2:46 pm Reply
  • I can’t feel good about KoKo being kept in a prison, she belongs at a sanctuary and be with her own kind and run free and climb trees.

    Jeaneen November 18, 2015 3:31 am Reply
  • this is a very beautiful, heart-warming story. however, i am very upset that this gorilla is in captivity and doing sign-language. though she looks to have a wonderful life and is very loved – as i can see this – IT ISO WRONG ON SO MANY LEVELS. koko was obviously taken from her mother at a very young age and brought to “the laboratory” where she lives to study and be studied. she belongs in the wild with other gorillas – simple as that. SORRY TO BE SUCH A BUMMER. I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW MORE OF HER STORY. until i hear the details of koko’s story, i will continue to think it is wrong that she is where she is no matter how great of a life she has. it is unnatural and she is not a pet ………… she’s a gorilla (who COULD kill someone, by the way) and belongs with other gorillas. sorry to be so repetitious. I LOVE YOU, KOKO.

    lisa ferstadt (mazza0 November 18, 2015 3:42 am Reply
    • I absolutely agree with Lisa. I cried at the beauty of Koko bonding with the kittens, but I am also crying at the thought of this highly intelligent, wonderful gorilla being kept in such an unnatural environment.

      Debbie November 18, 2015 4:02 am Reply
    • The comments here made me want to find out more, so I Googled her. Koko was born in captivity and was loaned to Francine Patterson for her doctoral research, but has stayed with Patterson ever since.
      For a while, Koko lived with another gorilla, Michael, who also learned sign language but died in 2000. She now lives with a male gorilla, Ndume.


      Jayne Wilson November 18, 2015 6:31 pm Reply
  • Koko is better off where she is, better then in the wild where poachers would kill her !!!

    David Smith November 18, 2015 5:10 am Reply
  • I agree with David. In the wild she would have been killed. But she should be in a sanctuary with others of her kind. 44 years in a laboratory is no life. This gentle creature deserves better. How about introducing her to her brothers and sisters.

    Rozalie Palan November 18, 2015 5:56 am Reply
  • I don’t remember the details of how Koko came to be where she is, but she is 44 years old, accustomed to living with humans and interacting with them. She could not survive in the wild now. She would have no gorilla family to be a part of and would probably not understand how to find her own food. Because of being around humans she would not have the necessary fear to protect her from the poachers. Her life has not been natural for a gorilla but probably longer than it would have been in the wild. She has served a valuable role in teaching humans that we are not the only intelligent creatures.

    Jane Long November 18, 2015 6:11 am Reply
  • I’m sooo…. happy for Koko! Love and joy to a fellow felinophile!

    Koko was born in a zoo, so has lived her whole life around humans. She has a male companion named Ndume. Look up http://www.koko.org/ for more info.

    lady39jane November 18, 2015 8:41 am Reply
  • It is hard to see Koko in a laboratory, but look what she has taught us – so far. Koko is just amazing, and a great example to humans that animals can and DO have feelings, and can communicate in their own way. LOTS of food for thought here. I wish all humans would understand our world and care for it the right way.
    Love Koko and her kitties <3 Big hugs to her

    KatWrangler November 18, 2015 12:44 pm Reply
  • Robin Williams made Koko smile. Koko mourned his loss when she was told about it.

    Guest100 November 18, 2015 12:54 pm Reply
  • Go back to the beginning of KoKo’s history with her human handler then you can make your comments on her “captivity”. Don’t judge until you know the whole story.

    Carlene November 18, 2015 1:53 pm Reply
  • Koko should not be used as a research animal. Anyone with a conscience can see that she belongs with gorillas and not confined to a “room”. She should be outside with vegetation? This video is heartbreaking and the researchers are being pathetically anthropomorphic.

    Sarah englestein November 18, 2015 3:45 pm Reply
  • Koko is so precious! Love seeing her updates!

    Annie Winstead November 18, 2015 4:42 pm Reply
  • She is not s lab animal she I’s,a very loved very well cared for.Here captives are her family not her captives.She was found orphaned and had lived there her whole life.I am a vegan so am against any animal testing.This is not animal testing,she is loved by her humans.And everyone that knows her.And anything about her.She is behond special.I hope she had 44 more years.And all the kittens she could love and care for.

    Mel November 18, 2015 7:26 pm Reply

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