CBS Evening News for Sunday, Apr 10, 1977
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(Studio) Gorilla is taught to imitate people.
REPORTER: Morton Dean
(Palo Alto, California) "Coco" is taught to communicate in sign language by Francine Patterson. [PATTERSON - asks "Coco" what she sees in picture.] Background on "Coco" and on teaching apes sign language noted. Patterson is graduate student at Stanford University and has been gorilla's surrogate mother since ape was aged 1 year [PATTERSON - explains how "Coco" lies to get out of trouble.] "Coco" born at and belongs to San Francisco Zoo and is on loan to Patterson and Gorilla Fndtn. Zoo has agreed to sell gorilla to Patterson and Fndtn., subject to city officials' approval; Patterson and Fndtn. $8,000 short of price and, if sale approved, have 90 days to get money. [Zoo director Saul KITCHENER - says researchers must pay own way and only way zoo can get animals is to sell some and buy others.] [PATTERSON - cites possible effects on "Coco" if she's taken back to zoo.] Future plans for ape studies noted.
REPORTER: Bernard Goldberg
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