Can Human Beings really communicate with our jungle and forest cousins. Some years ago I watched a documentary about a relationship between a male Ape and a Zoologist which lasted for approximately 18 months. During this time the pair bonded and using sign language they had the ability to communicate with each other at a basic level. Eventually the Zoologist had to move on but he never forgot his Ape friend. After a number of years he felt the need to find out what has happened to the Ape he befriended. After an extensive search he found out that the Ape was being held at a research lab in the USA. He got permission to visit the lab and when he came across the Ape it was in a cage that was far too small for it. As he approached the Ape he signed that he was glad to see him and the Ape replied using sign said "Where were you". The zoologist found this reunion very emotional and had mixed feelings about if he did the right thing in going to see the Ape. I can't remember the outcome of this story ( I don't think they met again ) but I thought that It was really sad to see where the Ape had ended up.
The videos below show a Gorilla using sign language to communicate with its keepers. See what you think.