News, Unusual

Giraffe Bids a Touching Farewell to a Dying Zoo Worker

By NewsRoom24 on March 23rd, 2014 / Views
Please Share to friends
A giraffe bids a touching farewell to a dying worker who had spent his entire adult life cleaning their enclosure at a Dutch zoo.
Known only as Mario, the 54-year-old maintenance worker, is suffering from a terminal cancer. He wanted his hospital bed be wheeled into the giraffe enclosure at Rotterdam’s Diergaarde Blijdorp zoo. Suddenly something tear-jerking happened. One of the giraffes approached the man, and appeared to give him a kiss goodbye.
‘These animals recognised him, and felt that (things aren’t) going well with him,’ Kees Veldboer, founder of the Ambulance Wish Foundation – which transported Mario to the zoo – told Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.

Mario, who is mentally disabled, then asked for a moment to say goodbye to his colleagues at the zoo. ‘(It was) a very special moment. You saw him beaming. It was very nice that we were able to work on the last wish of this man,’ Mr Veldboer added.

Please Share to friends

Facebook Comments