It sounds like the beginning of a joke, “what do you get a 400lb gorilla for her birthday?” but it isn’t a joke. The gorilla’s name is Koko. She was born in San Francisco Zoo, and as you’ll see, she’s a very special gorilla indeed.
She was raised by Stanford University’s Francine “Penny” Patterson and formed the kind of bond with her that lasts a lifetime. She also learned something of what it was like to be human and that means celebrating birthdays.
You won’t believe what Koko got for her birthday, but it might just bring a tear of joy to your eyes.