This week we took a brief journey back in time. Everyone had to pick three of their most memorable childhood moments, whether it be joyous, funny or awkward. Then, we all shared our memories with each other in groups of two. As soon as the storytelling began, the pairs seemed to get swallowed by the past. I could feel the nostalgia in the air.
Later on, we added the questions “What was your favorite animal?” and “Do you have any stories with animals as a kid?” I won a chance to tell how I found myself in the cage of the gray cattle when I was 3.
This part served as an elegant transition to the subsequent topic: intelligent animals. We discussed cases in which certain animals managed to learn human languages to a limited extent. A gorilla named Koko is able to understand more than 1,000 signs and approximately 2,000 spoken words. Alex, a gray parrot, knew colors, objects, numbers, foods, and could even express his feelings or needs. It is amazing how they overcome the barrier between humans and animals.
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