When a celebrity passes away, fans around the world take to social media to share their condolences and their favorite songs, movies, or events that the deceased was a part of. But what happens when a famous animal passes away? On Thursday, June 21, fans around the world are sharing their loyalty and despair over the “gorilla who captivated the world,” Koko.
Koko the ape was one of the most beloved animals in the world who captured the world’s attention years ago over her amazing connection with humans and other animals. The research center that has done a lot of work with the gorilla announced her death.
They said, “The Gorilla Foundation is sad to announce the passing of our beloved Koko.”
Koko was best known around the world for her ability to communicate through American sign language and for her love of kittens. In 1978, she was even featured on “National Geographic.”
The Gorilla Foundation said, “Her impact has been profound and what she has taught us about the emotional capacity of gorillas and their cognitive abilities will continue to shape the world.”
When the news of her death was confirmed, tributes began pouring in. Below are several examples on social media:
What do you think about the world’s support of this famous animal? Some of these tributes were absolutely heartbreaking! In other recent news, a major issue was just recalled after 70+ fell ill after eating several fruits from Walmart, Costco, etc.