Grab some tissues for this story, you’re going to need it.

This chimpanzee, named Washoe, was taken from the wild after her mother was killed. She was going to be a part in the United States Space Program but was adopted by Beatrix Gardner for research. Gardner raised Washoe as if she were a child. The ape learned how to brush her teeth, dress herself, and play games. She was also taught how to communicate with American Sign Language. Washoe had learned over 350 words and became the first chimpanzee to communicate in this particular way.

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One of the researchers/caretaker, who was involved in Washoe’s life, was away on leave after having a miscarriage back in 1982. When she returned, she explained to Washoe why she had left.

What happened next left me in tears!



Article: LifeBuzz