Koko, the gorilla is now 44 years old. In 1984, she was given toys to play with as her babies, but she was unsatisfied. Then Koko signed a request for a cat and she received “All Ball”, her first cat. Koko is able to talk in American Sign Language, and communicates with her trainer, Francine Patterson, at Gorilla Foundation, Redwood City. Koko was gifted on her 44th birthday with 2 kittens, which was chosen among many kittens by Koko herself from a box.