Incredibly moving moment Robin Williams met KoKo the gorilla

Callum Jones

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Incredibly moving moment Robin Williams met KoKo the gorilla

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In some of the most wholesome footage you will see today, a clip has re-emerged of the late actor Robin Williams meeting the famous KoKo the gorilla.

The lovely moment between the pair is doing the rounds again on social media, and fans are loving it.

The footage was captured in 2001, when Williams had the opportunity to meet the gorilla, who is fluent in sign language.

Watch the moving video below:


Williams and KoKo instantly hit it off as the cheeky gorilla took the glasses off the head of the Mrs. Doubtfire star.

The gorilla then signed 'tickle.. tickle' to Williams and the pair tickled each other, with a smile beaming from Williams' face.

The pair then hug each other at the end to the very moving clip.

Fans have been reacting to the over two decade old moment in the comments to the tweet.

One said: "Robin had one big fan, and he adored him like a lot of us. Really special the way the gorilla cradled it’s head into Robin Williams arms."

A second added: "Animals are the best judge of character. Koko knew he was a good man."

A third was very touched by it: "I needed this today. Sometimes I need reminding this thing we call life isn’t forever.

"Don’t wait, live it. Tell the ones you love how you feel, don’t take your family for granted because they are always around, appreciate them bc one day, without warning, they won’t be."

A fourth said: "I don’t care about celebrities, but I care deeply for Robin. RIP."

Robin Williams died in 2014. Credit: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo
Robin Williams died in 2014. Credit: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

Meanwhile, a user replied to that comment: "I’ve never cried when a celebrity died. I cried when Robin Williams died."

The clip is even more emotional now as both Robin Williams and KoKo are no longer with us.

Williams died in August 2014, aged 63, with a final autopsy report concluding the cause of death was suicide, but also noted a diagnosis of diffuse Lewy body dementia, which he lived with for the final months of his life.

His friend KoKo mourned Robin's death, as revealed on Entertainment Today.

The outlet spoke to KoKo's trainer in 2014 Dr. Penny Paterson, who revealed how the gorilla had reacted to the news of Williams' passing.

She said that KoKo needed a lot of support and signified sadness to her trainer.

KoKo died four years later in June 2018 due to natural causes, she was 46 years old.

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence, contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677 

Topics: Celebrity, Robin Williams, Animals

Callum Jones
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