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.