Koko got her first kitten in 1983, when she was about 12 years old. After years of having dolls and plush animals, she finally convinced Penny that she was ready to take care of a real kitten. Unfortunately, the tailless gray kitten that Koko named ALL BALL was hit by a car on a logging road, after living with Koko for only 6 months. Koko grieved for ALL BALL, signing CRY, FROWN, SAD, TROUBLE when she first learned what happened. To this day, she feels sad when she sees a photo of another kitten who reminds her of ALL BALL. The story of Koko and ALL BALL has been immortalized in the award-winning children's book Koko's Kitten and has helped evoke empathy for great apes and great ape conservation worldwide.
Creation date: 2016-08-04