Huge gorilla tries to help injured bird fly again in touching video

A gentle gorilla has been captured on camera appearing to come to the aid of a stricken bird.

The kind animal even lays down to take a closer look at the smaller creature beside him in a grassed section of an Australian zoo. 

It appears to make repeated efforts to nurse the bird into flight, in a touching exchange which lasts just over a minute. The footage, shot in New South Wales on November 10, shows a large gorilla ambling towards the bird, which is lying prone on the grass, and very gently picking it up in.

One witness says in the footage that the bird is hurt. In a conversation among people watching on, a group explains: ‘He is so gentle with it. It looks like he is trying to get him to go… as if to say “fly away”. He gave it the kiss of life… how awesome was that.’

The group go on to speculate that the bird might have been stunned, but appear to conclude it was in fact injured.

In the footage, the bird can be seen standing up and beginning to flap its wings. 

The gorilla picks it up after a few moments examining the animal closely on the ground. 

The primate then begins to softly push the bird forward – in a remarkably human attempt to coax the animal off the ground. 

However, after spending a minute tending to the bird and appearing to put its mouth close to it, the gorilla gives up on the attempt and ambles away. 

The bird remains on the ground and it is unclear what happened to it.

Another witness added: ‘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.’ 

They continued: ‘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.’

It is unknown which zoo the footage was filmed in.

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