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.


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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