In case you are unaware, Koko passed away this year leaving behind quite a story. With roughly a vocabulary of around 200 words in American Sign Language, Koko proved that she was capable of language cognition, something originally thought of as a human only trait.
By George Frost
So long Koko,
I will miss our conversations
On the condition of the human race
Which we were losing by the way.
You were such a gentle soul
No, don’t tell me you didn’t have one,
Your soul was as beautiful as a sunrise,
As big as the open sky.
You spoke of your inner desire.
How you loved kitten you held
Pulling pranks on the sour face doctors
Who did not believe language cognition
Was possible for a creature like you.
But you proved them wrong, didn’t you?
Man, you proved them wrong.
Of the narrow line that separated us,
Only the desire for compliance in you was absent,
Friendship, companionship and love
Were all part of your time here on earth,
You observations were honest,
You did not know how to lie,
Your love was genuine,
You did not know how to fake emotion.
Koko, your passing has left an empty hole in my heart,
Transcending any sort of subject researcher relationship,
Where I would write down in detail all the things you did,
But could not resist how you would capture the moment
And make us all believers in you.