Seagull safe in the 'big hands' of Sydney City FC goalkeeper Danny Vukovic
Sydney FC goalkeeper Danny Vukovic has shown his tender side, carrying an injured seagull to safety in Wednesday night's FFA Cup final.
Minutes after a Tim Cahill header gave Melbourne City a 1-0 lead in the second half at AAMI Park, Sydney defender Sebastian Ryall's clearing pass struck the seagull from short range.
There was a moment of confusion as play continued but with the whistle blown, but Vukovic signalled to the referee that the bird was unwell.
He went on to carefully pick up the felled bird in his gloves and carried it over to the sideline attendants, giving it a couple of get-well pets before running back onto the ground.
"He'll be pretty safe in those big hands," one of the game announcers commented on the broadcast.
It looked dire at first, but it all seemed to end well for the seagull, who was last seen being stroked by the ground staff.
"He's gonna become the official mascot, surely," the game announcer said.
It didn't take long for the gesture to trend on social media, with the seagull even getting his own Twitter account.
Vukovic didn't have a lot to say about the bird post-match, too disappointed by his team's loss.
Gutted! Thanks to the travelling supporters. Huge effort. Congrats to @MelbourneCity on the win. We keep going now... Newcastle on Sunday 👊🏻— Danny Vukovic (@vuka20) November 30, 2016