Gorilla tries to help stricken bird in Australian zoo enclosure

Astonishing moment gorilla gently tries to coax injured bird to fly after it lands in its zoo enclosure

  • Visitors to a zoo in New South Wales, South Australia were watching gorillas 
  • One of the gorillas spotted the bird lying down on the grass in the enclosure 
  • The gorilla gently tried for more than a minute to help the stricken bird 
  • Eventually, the gorilla leaves the bird and walks across the zoo’s enclosure  

This is the wonderful moment a gorilla bounded across its enclosure to help an injured bird. 

The footage, from a zoo in New South Wales, Australia was shot on Tuesday. 

The large gorilla is shown ambling over towards the stricken bird which is laying on the ground of the enclosure. 

The gorilla, pictured, spotted the stricken bird in its enclosure in a New South Wales zoo

The gorilla, pictured, spent around a minute tending to the stricken bird

Visitors to the zoo were amazed about how the the gorilla tended to the bird in such a gentle fashion

The gorilla leans over and lays its head on the ground while looking at the small bird. 

After a few seconds the gorilla gently grips the bird, causing it to start flapping its wings. 

The enclosure is surrounded by glass to allow members of the public to view the gorillas inside. 

It is thought the bird while flying across the enclosure smashed into the glass and knocked itself out. 

The gorilla then began gently pushing the bird forward in an effort to get it flying. 

However, after spending a minute tending to the bird, the gorilla abandoned its attempt and walked off. 

A witness who filmed the scenes said: ‘While visiting the gorilla enclosure at the zoo, one of the gorillas noticed an injured bird. 

‘It walked over to the bird and tried very gently to get the bird to fly away. When the bird didn’t fly away, the gorilla walked away without ever harming it. 

‘It was amazing such a big animal could be so gentle.’ 

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