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Make sure you have a box of tissues on hand because these photos of Koko the gorilla reacting to the death of her pal Robin Williams are sure to draw a tear or two… The beloved Mrs Doubtfire actor was famous for his incredible ability to touch the lives of both children and adults across the globe. Yet it seems that Williams also had a knack for building special bonds with animals.

Williams and Koko first met back in 2011, when the world famous comedy actor visited The Gorilla Foundation in Woodside, Calif. The pair participated in a promotional video shoot which involved a lot of cuddling, wrestling, tickling and of course, laughter.

Koko immediately warmed to Williams’ friendly nature


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Koko is recognised as being one of the smartest gorillas on the planet, using sign language to communicate with humans.

A big gorilla style hug seals the friendship!


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Dr. Penny Patterson, Koko’s foster mum recalls that the two bonded immediately, explaining, “Koko instantly connected with Robin. Koko, like us, can sense a person’s nature and in this case, she was quickly drawn to Robin’s warm heart.”

Fun and laughter come naturally to both Williams and Koko


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So when Koko heard the news of her friend’s death on August 11, she was understandably devastated. Patterson broke the news herself, with the details revealed in a press release issued by The Gorilla Foundation.

“After the first call, Koko came to Dr. Patterson with an inquiring look on her face. Dr. Patterson explained that ‘we have lost a dear friend, Robin Williams,’” it reads.

“Koko was quiet and looked very thoughtful.”

As Koko started to realise what had happened, she underwent an instant change in mood…


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Koko continued to overhear calls regarding Williams’ death and eventually, the gorilla began to realise that she would have to accept the loss of a very special friend. Half an hour later, Koko expressed herself using the sign language signals for ‘woman’ and ‘crying.’

“At the end of the day, Koko became very somber, with her head bowed and her lip quivering,” read a further excerpt from the press release.

By the end of the day, Koko was in full on mourning mode


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Earlier this week, The Gorilla Foundation released a heartwarming video celebrating Koko’s time with the troubled actor. You can check out the video below.

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