Gorilla's online chat draws 20,000
SAN FRANCISCO -- Koko the 300-pound gorilla logged on to
the Internet Monday -- and clearly was not impressed.
During what was billed as the world's first ``interspecies'' on-line
chat, Koko was far more interested in her toy alligator and dreams
of dinner than in answering a barrage of questions from
thousands of eager humans.
``I like drinks,'' Koko said, in one of her more lucid comments
during the 45-minute dialogue. ``Apple drink.''
Koko's foray into the high-tech world of Internet chatrooms was
sponsored by America Online and Envirolink, which together with
the Gorilla Foundation near San Francisco set up the event to
publicize the plight of the world's great apes.