WEIRD NEWS
08/21/2011 11:30 am ET Updated Oct 21, 2011

Talking With Animals: The Science

The dream of speaking to animals runs from Sigurd in Norse mythology right up to Dr Dolittle. Some researchers have claimed that they can actually do it, by teaching their subjects sign language or another mutually comprehensible means of communication.

These included famous chimps like Nim and Washoe and the gorilla Koko. A few years ago, we were on the brink of a breakthrough in inter-species communications - so what happened?

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