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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  • lisssssy
    lisssssyTuesday, May 11, 2021 at 4:05 am
    Awwww~ gentle giant
    • andromeda0106
      andromeda0106Friday, April 30, 2021 at 5:01 am
      I love Gorillas
      • 2awesomee
        2awesomeeThursday, April 22, 2021 at 1:42 pm
        love it
        • dinobasketball7
          dinobasketball7Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 8:41 am
          Gorillas seem very gentle
          • unicorn87
            unicorn87Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 8:35 am
            awwwwwww gorillas are so sweet
            • coco_sweety10
              coco_sweety10Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 9:14 am
              so cute and coool
              • kittylover111
                kittylover111Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 8:03 am
                That is unbelievable that they can do that!!
                • unicorn87
                  unicorn87Friday, January 29, 2021 at 5:06 pm
                  this is a heartwarming story................but sad too. Poor birdy
                  • unicorn87
                    unicorn87Friday, January 29, 2021 at 5:06 pm
                    Gorillas are so caring because they are apes just like us
                  • redpandagamer10
                    redpandagamer10Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 10:32 am
                    i feal so bad for it it was geting help thought by a gorila
                    • redpandagamer10
                      redpandagamer10Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 10:31 am
                      poor bird