Heartwarming Video Captures Gorilla Helping Injured Bird

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Despite their massive size, gorillas demonstrate extremely gentle behavior (Credit: Joe McKenna / CC-BY-2.0/Creativecommons.org)

Gorillas, which can weigh as much as 400 pounds, are the largest of the great apes, a family of primates that include bonobos, chimpanzees, and orangutans. Despite their size, the intelligent mammals are known to be surprisingly gentle. Evidence of the animals' kind nature was recently caught on tape at a zoo in New South Wales, Australia.

On November 10, 2020, visitors close to the primate enclosure noticed a large gorilla making its way towards a tiny injured bird lying in the grass. The massive animal lay alongside the stricken creature for a few seconds and then gently began to nudge it forward, as if encouraging the bird to fly again. Though the thoughtful gesture did cause the bird to flap its wings, it was unable to take flight. After realizing there was nothing it could do to help, the gorilla turned around and walked away.

This is not the first time zoo visitors have witnessed the primates' humane behavior. In 1996, a female gorilla at the Brookfield Zoo outside of Chicago, Illinois, carefully lifted a three-year-old boy, who had fallen into the enclosure and safely delivered him to zoo keepers waiting near the door.

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246 Comments
  • sugarwolff
    sugarwolffMonday, January 18, 2021 at 10:55 am
    Omg sweetest thing everrrr literally made me tear up a bit gorillas r so gentle and kind and caring not just big animals like a lot of people think
    • kaliyahgale
      kaliyahgaleWednesday, January 13, 2021 at 7:37 am
      one hundred percent and absolutely ADORABLY AWESOME
      • yoyomaster2000
        yoyomaster2000Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 3:02 pm
        Wow that is cool. Honestly it reminds me of King Kong but he helped a human and an injured bird. Reply if you agree.
        • emshappyplanet
          emshappyplanetSunday, January 10, 2021 at 5:40 pm
          That’s absolutely amazing!!
          • cutedogs
            cutedogsSunday, January 10, 2021 at 5:15 pm
            This gorilla is kind hearted
            • unigirl333
              unigirl333Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 9:37 am
              So sweet
              • fluppy
                fluppyFriday, January 8, 2021 at 8:14 am
                So gentle
                • quarantined
                  quarantinedWednesday, January 6, 2021 at 11:00 am
                  Aww that is so sweet and so cute!
                  • kipoatesima
                    kipoatesimaTuesday, January 5, 2021 at 11:02 am
                    Aww he did gentile cpr awesome
                    • red_riot
                      red_riotSunday, January 3, 2021 at 12:02 pm
                      Omg.This warms my heart.💖