In the early 1970s I was interested in American Sign Language (ASL) and discovered a book called Lucy, Growing Up Human. Lucy was a chimpanzee owned by the Institute for Primate Studies in Oklahoma, and raised by Maurice K. Temerlin, Ph.D., a psychotherapist and professor at the University of Oklahoma and his wife, Jane.

In the late 1970s I learned about what was then called the Delta Foundation and is now Pet Partners.  They are the pioneers in Pet Facilitated Therapy and was the the first comprehensive, standardized training in animal-assisted activities and therapy for volunteers and health-care professionals.

Continuing my interest inAmerican Sign Language, I learned about Koko.

For over 45 years I have been exploring my passion about Interspecies Relationships. Lately I’ve noticed that the stories have become even more fascinating. Here in My10-sense I’ll be exploring interesting Interspecies Relationship stories.

For more on Lucy:
NPR’s RadioLab segment #1
NPR’s RadioLab segment #2

For more on KoKo:
KoKo Documentary 1
KoKo and her babies