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Gorillas and empathy for kittens

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The psychologist Penny Patterson He taught in the 1970s the American system of signs (ASL, its name in English American Sign Language) a female Gorilla named Koko. This came to learn several hundred of signs and understand a similar number of spoken words.

One day, Patterson was Koko a group of cats that he chose the most liked. The encounter between both species revealed a perfect example of empathy, since for a being the size of a gorilla to interact with such a small feline without hurting it, You must adjust their movements and caresses taking into account the fragility of the recipient, something that Koko performs to perfection.

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  • The Gorilla Koko receives a very special visit, It serves very carefully.

The day one of his beloved cats died, Koko kept making the signs that correspond to the concepts of “bad” and “sad.”. The female gorilla expressed in this way that she perfectly understood the tragedy of the event..

  • Negative expressions of Koko after the death of one of her beloved cats.

Source: somosprimates.com

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