After you read about KOKO the gorilla, you will never look at them as a specis 
the same way again.  Yes, in the wild they can be agressive but they have to be 
to survive with man hunting them out of existance.  KOKO just proved that they 
can also given te chance be gentle and loving.

---- katskat1 <> wrote: 
> Gee!  Now you got me started on another topic.  Speaking of Homer's
> Odyssey, I recently rescued a kitten less than 5 weeks old.  Eyes and
> nose all gooey.  Siblings either run over or died shortly after being
> taken off the road.  The person who rescued her called me cause she
> knew I was a cat person and didn't know what to do.
> I cleaned her up and when I got the gunk off her face she had one eye
> bulging and sightless and the other apparently sightless.  2 days
> later (right after July 4), I took her to my vet for emergency
> surgery.  She had to remove both eyes because of severe infection BUT
> she tested negative for FeLV.  Awful young to assume I know but I had
> her do the test anyway.  A couple days ago I took her in for her shots
> and had her tested again.  Still negative.  I will have her tested one
> more time when she goes in for spay.
> Her name is Koko because:  1.  Koko is American Indian (Blackfoot)
> word for 'night' which she will always be in.  2.  Koko was the name
> of the first gorilla taught American Sign Language for the blind and
> had a huge vocabulary.  3.  Koko used her vocabulary to convince her
> humans she wanted a kitten.  A REAL kitten.  She got one, and she
> loved it and other kittens she adopted over the years.  COOL?
> Koko is the bravest, most ornery, energetic kitty I remember having.
> She has memorized the house, attacks the dogs and other cats from
> hiding places, plays with the cats, plays with the dogs, (who seem to
> realize she can't see and play gently), jumps off high places once she
> has gotten familiar with them (my bed, the back of the couch), and is
> having a blast with life.  I doubt she has ever been able to see cause
> she was dumped while so young.  Next month she gets spayed and has an
> umbilical hernia repaired then, I am hers and she is mine forever!
> I gotta get/read that book.
>      kat
>     ^   ^
>   = " "  =
> On 8/24/11, Lorrie <> wrote:
> > On 08-24, Natalie wrote:
> >>    Welcome to 70 - I'll be 71 in December!  Great age, isn't it?
> >>
> > It's great to know quite a few of you are in your 60's or 70's.
> > Now I don't feel quite so bad being 78.
> >
> > Lorrie
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