Animals and humor

I found this video on a BBC page called QI, a “comedy quiz show full of quirky facts, in which contestants are rewarded more if their answers are ‘quite interesting’.” Kind of like NHK’s 「試してガッテン」program. This clip is about whether or not animals understand humor. The presenter explains that Koko the gorilla can understand puns and slapstick.

(from  “Animal Humour”)

Did you know that Koko’s real, full name is Hanabiko (花火子)? It’s because she was born on the Fourth of July, the biggest fireworks day of the year in the U.S. She’s 43 years old now. That’s pretty old for gorillas. A quick google search tells me that longevity for gorillas is 35-40 years. But that’s probably for animals in the wild. Koko has had a more protected life. She even watches movies on TV.

There are lots of video clips of Koko, but this one (which informed me that she watches movies) was fun to watch. She’s spending some time with comedian Robin Williams:

If you want to learn more about Koko, start at the Gorilla Foundation.

 

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