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Washoe 1965-2007 [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.

[User Picture]From: mouse_from_marz
2007-11-01 02:21 am (UTC)
Geez that sucks.

Go gently, sweet girl.
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[User Picture]From: lordlnyc
2007-11-01 02:28 am (UTC)
Her webpage says that she was 42 years old which it also states is a long life for a female chimpanzee and that most females in captivity live an average of 33.5 years.

and to repete what you said...

Go gently, sweet girl.
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