||[Oct. 31st, 2007|09:56 pm]
Washoe, a female chimpanzee believed to be the first non-human to acquire human language, has died of natural causes.
Washoe, who first learned a bit of American Sign Language in 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.
She died Tuesday night, according to Roger and Deborah Fouts, co-founder of The Chimpanzee and Human Communications Institute on the campus.
See http://www.friendsofwashoe.org/ for more information.