Right in the feels. Feels for gorilla consilla. did you know? Michael, a gorilla who was taught sign language, described watching his mother die.. Unfortunately all these heart-wrenching stories are taken grossly out of proportion. To this day there has never been a successful case of gorillas being taught tagsN
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Michael, a gorilla who was taught sign
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#7 - honestchap (05/07/2013) [+] (17 replies)
Unfortunately all these heart-wrenching stories are taken grossly out of proportion. To this day there has never been a successful case of gorillas being taught sign language to the extent where they can actually use it to effectively 'talk' to one.

Gorillas and other primates use a gesture-based system of communication, but communication and language are two entirely different things. Language is used creatively, and hence we can place different sounds and words in a string in order to form a meaning that has never been expressed before, a good example came from none other than Mr Stephen Fry:

'Hold the newsreader's nose squarely, waiter, or friendly milk will countermand my trousers'

Nor are primates other than ourselves able to use syntax - the rules and parameters that denote the meaning, e.g.:

'The dog ate the man'
'The man ate the dog'

The words are identical, but the order has changed so that the meaning of the sentence changes drastically.

The examples of primates being able to communicate with humans is largely down to pure imitation. An example of this is Koko, a gorilla who 'said' that she wanted to cuddle a cat, but in fact the scientists had used a leading question that Koko imitated immediately afterwards.

The example above claims that the gorilla described the sight of his mother dying, but all this needed to have been was a scientist explaining that his mother died through the signs 'MICHAEL MOTHER' 'DIE' 'SAD' (it should be noted that I do not know which signs Michael was taught, so this is improvised). The scientists would also be upset themselves, and gorillas are able to read human emotions, so Michael could simply have said 'SAD' 'DIE', which the scientists finds moving, and may start to weep, to which Michael has associated with the sign for 'CRY', so he is very likely to sign this and then cry himself.

In short, this is unfortunately highly exaggerated - no gorilla can communicate that effectively, and this upsets me.
#30 - cheeselol (05/07/2013) [+] (7 replies)
washoe was the original chimp to learn american sign language

One of Washoe's caretakers was pregnant and missed work for many weeks after she miscarried. Roger Fouts recounts the following situation:
"People who should be there for her and aren't are often given the cold shoulder--her way of informing them that she's miffed at them. Washoe greeted Kat [the caretaker] in just this way when she finally returned to work with the chimps. Kat made her apologies to Washoe, then decided to tell her the truth, signing "MY BABY DIED." Washoe stared at her, then looked down. She finally peered into Kat's eyes again and carefully signed "CRY", touching her cheek and drawing her finger down the path a tear would make on a human. (Chimpanzees don't shed tears.) Kat later remarked that one sign told her more about Washoe and her mental capabilities than all her longer, grammatically perfect sentences.
User avatar #4 - slapchoppin (05/07/2013) [-]
damn Michael

what the ****
#20 - mattdoggy (05/07/2013) [+] (7 replies)
Micheal was a friend of the Famous Koko the gorilla. They had been best friends for 25 years since they were very little. When Micheal died Koko could only stand by and watch as rescuers tried desperately to revive him with cpr. When they told Koko about his death later she pretended not to have heard them and looked away. When they told her again she signed the words "Sad, cry, sad" and "hurt, bad, frown". She went straight to her room and started to cry deeply. That night and many nights after she asked her caregivers to leave the lights on for her because she was scared and upset. Several different times she asked the caregivers about "lip suck, suck lip" and tried to push on her chest. They later realized that she was trying to understand the CPR they were using to try and save Micheal. When they let Koko grieve by going into his room she quickly sprang around looking for him. Very often she would ask for him and where he was, pretending that he was still alive somewhere. She spent several days in a nest made out of his covers surrounded by his things taking deep smells of his blankets to get his scent. Every day for months she would just sit with her chin on her chest, which is the sign of sadness for a gorilla, never looking up to her caregivers who she loved the most. She wouldn't even let out a purr when her best caregiver friends offered Koko her most favorite meal. On one occasion when Koko was crying in Micheal's room another gorilla came in and hugged Koko and sat with her. She said "this room, angel here, Koko good gorilla, angel in this room" and Koko signed "believe". They still have no idea what this means, but they know gorillas won't sign for no reason and only use it to talk to each other if it is important. Koko still will sit and look in Micheal's room from time to time, and still sleeps with some of Micheal's toys at night. They say Koko still very deeply is hurt by his loss, and still misses Micheal.
Micheal was a friend of the Famous Koko the gorilla. They had been best friends for 25 years since they were very little. When Micheal died Koko could only stand by and watch as rescuers tried desperately to revive him with cpr. When they told Koko about his death later she pretended not to have heard them and looked away. When they told her again she signed the words "Sad, cry, sad" and "hurt, bad, frown". She went straight to her room and started to cry deeply. That night and many nights after she asked her caregivers to leave the lights on for her because she was scared and upset. Several different times she asked the caregivers about "lip suck, suck lip" and tried to push on her chest. They later realized that she was trying to understand the CPR they were using to try and save Micheal. When they let Koko grieve by going into his room she quickly sprang around looking for him. Very often she would ask for him and where he was, pretending that he was still alive somewhere. She spent several days in a nest made out of his covers surrounded by his things taking deep smells of his blankets to get his scent. Every day for months she would just sit with her chin on her chest, which is the sign of sadness for a gorilla, never looking up to her caregivers who she loved the most. She wouldn't even let out a purr when her best caregiver friends offered Koko her most favorite meal. On one occasion when Koko was crying in Micheal's room another gorilla came in and hugged Koko and sat with her. She said "this room, angel here, Koko good gorilla, angel in this room" and Koko signed "believe". They still have no idea what this means, but they know gorillas won't sign for no reason and only use it to talk to each other if it is important. Koko still will sit and look in Micheal's room from time to time, and still sleeps with some of Micheal's toys at night. They say Koko still very deeply is hurt by his loss, and still misses Micheal.
#2 - lowlifescarecrow ONLINE (05/06/2013) [-]
That's genuinely heartbreaking.    
   
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That's genuinely heartbreaking.

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#45 - snakefire (05/07/2013) [+] (3 replies)
They taught a gorilla sign language, then told it it will die someday.

It responded like this.

Science: making gorillas cry one by one.
#66 - kingpongthedon (05/07/2013) [-]
Gorillas are truly amazing at learning language, this one here is responsible for the vast majority of YouTube comments.
#54 - thomasman (05/07/2013) [-]
It's funny because it's true

My jimmies are rustled
#49 - blobboy (05/07/2013) [-]
I looked it up.   
He actually said, "Squash meat gorilla. Mouth tooth. Cry sharp-noise loud. Bad think-trouble look-face. Cut/neck girl hole."    
How sad.
I looked it up.
He actually said, "Squash meat gorilla. Mouth tooth. Cry sharp-noise loud. Bad think-trouble look-face. Cut/neck girl hole."
How sad.
User avatar #64 - comeatmebrother (05/07/2013) [-]
RIP Whitney Houston
#39 - alkashit (05/07/2013) [+] (2 replies)
>try to teach gorilla sign language
>gorilla somewhat responds to it
>its mother dies
>gorilla acts sad
"OMG, the gorilla is describing its mother's death in sign language!!"

...no
User avatar #41 to #39 - Sethorein ONLINE (05/07/2013) [-]
it used sign language to describe what happened o_o
#37 - niggernazi ONLINE (05/07/2013) [+] (6 replies)
#27 - billshitzing (05/07/2013) [-]
www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXKsPqQ0Ycc   
   
Here's the link where Michael describes it, pretty amazing as I had no idea that gorillas could be this smart
www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXKsPqQ0Ycc

Here's the link where Michael describes it, pretty amazing as I had no idea that gorillas could be this smart
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User avatar #34 - hashtagdouchebag (05/07/2013) [+] (1 reply)
*reads description*

...sammy d and, salmonella!

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#26 - adamkk (05/07/2013) [-]
Seriously Michael
User avatar #6 - thepastryistrue (05/07/2013) [-]
They're awesome.

I read about a study in which two gorillas were observed, who have been living together in custody for all their life. It was meant to be a study on collaborative behaviour. The scientests tried to find out about collaborative behaviour between the two gorillas and between the two gorillas and the keeper. For that they developed another form of sign language to communicate with the gorillas.

The Problem was, one of them died during the study, but in absence of the other gorilla. Without knowing what happened, the remaining gorilla asked the keeper about the whereabouts of the other. The keeper told him, that the other gorilla died.

After that the living gorilla sat down and cried.

How sad and equally interesting is that?
#1 - nyawgga (05/06/2013) [+] (3 replies)
**nyawgga rolled a random image posted in comment #200 at how Google feels about countries ** Gorilla's mom
User avatar #35 - bitchplzzz (05/07/2013) [-]
she dun had uh crack ova dose, y'all
User avatar #3 - ILIEKPEPSEE ONLINE (05/07/2013) [-]
"...and then the cops shot her for trying to protect daddy."
-Michael the Gorilla
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