Dying Zoo Worker With Cancer Gets Goodbye Kiss From Giraffe

Rucuss staffMarch 22, 2014

A terminally ill zoo worker got a goodbye kiss from a giraffe.

Mario, who is a 54-year-old mentally handicapped man, is suffering from terminal cancer and asked to be wheeled into a giraffe’s habitat so he could say his final goodbye to the animals. After he was brought to the zoo on a stretcher by the Dutch Ambulance Wish Foundation, one of the giraffes reached down and nuzzled Mario for a goodbye kiss.

“These animals recognized him, and felt that (things aren’t) going well with him,” Kees Veldboer, the founder of the Ambulance Wish Foundation, said via Time magazine.

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Mario had worked as a cleaner at the Rotterdam Zoo in the Netherlands for the last 25 years.

Photos via ABCnews.com

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