Today I received news that Washoe died at age 42. Washoe was a chimpansee that was taught sign language in order to study the extent to which she would be able to gain language skills.

Washoe talks with Fouts
An impression of Washoe talking with a researcher (source)

Here is more information on attempts to talk with chimps. May she find peace in death. In her life she caused (through no fault of her own) more conflict between humans than most humans.

Update: Here is Carl Schroeder’s tribute (ASL vlog)