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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, 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   

By Darren Boyle for MailOnline

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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, was shot on November 17. 

The large gorilla is shown ambling over towards the stricken bird which is laying on the grass. 

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

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

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

The gorilla then begins to softly push the bird forward, apparently 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: ”It was amazing such a big animal could be so gentle.’ 

She added: ‘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 is thought the bird flew into the glass surrounding the enclosure and knocked itself out.  

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

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