Monday, November 5, 2007
GoodBye Pan Troglodyte
This news is about a week old but I wanted to share it anyway...for those of you like me who missed it! lol!
Last Tuesday, Washoe, the chimpanzee who learned around 250 words using American Sign Language, died of natural causes. Not only did she learn these ASL words but she taught them to the three other chimpanzees who were with her.
There are some language experts who say that she never really did learn true language skills. These people say that she was just imitating the signs she had been taught. Really, either way is completely cool and makes me smile!
I think God has created some really incredible creatures!
You can learn more about Washoe and the other chimpanzees she taught over here. There are also chimpanzee cams...cool!!
photo source: CNN