The Case for the Personhood of Gorillas (1993)
13 October 1988, with Mitzi Phillips
Koko is lying down with one of her toy alligators. She looks at it and signs‘teeth’. She examines its mouth. She kisses it, puts two alligators together as if to make them kiss each other, then gives them a three-way kiss. She puts her hand into the toy’s mouth, then pulls it out and shakes her hand.
MP: Oh, did it bite you?
MP: Oh, no! Does it hurt?
Koko kisses her finger.
MP: May I see that bad alligator?
Koko gives it to Mitzi. Mitzi ‘asks’ the alligator why it bit Koko and pretends to listen to its answer, then hands it back to Koko.
Koko kisses the toy again and again.
K: ALLIGATOR. GORILLA. BITE. GORILLA NUT NUT NUT. STOMACH TOILET.