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A goose has attacked a gorilla at the Sedgewick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas this week, in an extraordinary encounter that left eye witnesses amazed. The amazing attack was caught on camera and the video has since gone viral on the Internet.
Barney is the gorilla at Sedgewick County Zoo, and was the victim of the rare attack this week. He is a 20-year-old western lowland gorilla, and weighs about 450 pounds and stands at a height of about 6 feet.
The gorilla is a native of Africa and has been known to stand up fiercely to his gorilla brothers in his troop to exert his dominance and leadership over the group.
However, nothing he has encountered before could have prepared him for the attack he experienced this week, and he could not have expected the comparatively tiny goose to have gone after him.
But the unnamed Canadian goose, who was not even one of the zoo's animals, did allow let size restrict it and fearlessly attacked the gorilla.
It is believed that the goose probably had flown all the way from Canada to the zoo and after his long journey was in no mood to put up with any opposition, even from a nearly-500 pound gorilla.
In the encounter Barney the gorilla was completely minding his own business when the goose went for him. it is believed that the goose had built a nest somewhere on Barney's zoo turf, and when Barney innocently walked by, too close to the nest the goose attacked to protect what it believed was its territory.
"Keepers reckon the plucky birds have built their nest on Barney's turf and don't want some great ape messing with it," MSN Now has reported.
Barney the gorilla can be seen backing away quickly from the goose attack and clearly did not want any beef with the Canadian.
It has been reported by some outlets that zookeepers do not plan to disturb the goose nest and so Barney and pals will have to beware of that area unless they want another run in with the fearless goose.
Here is a video of the goose attacking the gorilla: