She can't type, but Koko the Gorilla is not going to let that stop her from using the Internet.

In what is being billed as the first "interspecies" Internet chat, Koko will sign on to America Online Monday to answer questions from curious humans around the globe.Koko, who lives at the Gorilla Foundation in a plush San Francisco suburb in the heart of Silicon Valley, has studied modified American Sign Language for 25 years and is now said to understand some 2,000 words of spoken English.

Working with her tutor and translator, Dr. Francine Patterson, Koko will use her vocabulary of up to 1,000 signs to answer questions posed by Internet chatters.