Meet Binti Jua, a female gorilla living at the Brookfield Zoo near Chicago, Illinois, whose name in Swahili means Daughter of Sunshine. She saved the life of a little boy who toppled into the gorilla habitat one summer day a number of years go.
We laugh and cry for a multitude of reasons, whether it takes a minimal amount of emotion or a lot of thought. The range is vast for humor. It goes at one end of the spectrum from the most benign action of making a silly face — to the other extreme where jokes include linguistic puns and/or brain-teasers, which might involve satire or what some call the ‘thinking man’s humor.’
A rare albino orangutan recently rescued from a village in Borneo has been given a popularly chosen name – Alba – and a chance to live in a protected “forest island” home if enough people donate to support her cause.
She’s been in the public eye for over a half of century. She is loved by humans the world-over, and most likely as many chimpanzees [if not more.] She’s our real-life Dr. Doolittle, as she was the first to teach us that our closest cousins on the evolutionary ladder are more like us than previously believed.