First Chimp to Sign Dies

if i had known that i was two blocks away when i visted friends in ellensburg, i’d have insisted on going to visit her:

A female chimpanzee believed to be the first nonhuman to acquire human language has died of natural causes at the Washington State research institute where she was kept.

Washoe, who first learned a bit of American Sign Language during a research project in Nevada, had been living on Central Washington University’s Ellensburg campus since 1980. She had a vocabulary of about 250 words.

First Chimp to Sign Dies

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