Published on March 22nd, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan
Giraffe Kisses Maintenance Worker Dying From Cancer
Beautiful. I love giraffes.
Apparently, a maintenance worker at Rotterdam’s Diergaarde Blijdorp zoo is dying from cancer. He requested that he be brought to the zoo to pay a last visit to some kind giraffes.
“Heart-breaking pictures have emerged of the moment a giraffe said goodbye to a terminally ill zoo worker, who had spent most of his adult life cleaning the animal’s enclosures,” Independent.ie writes. Apparently, the giraffes came over to nuzzle and kiss Mario rather quickly. Here’s a bit more:
“These animals recognised him, and felt that (things aren’t) going well with him,’ Kees Veldboer, the founder of the AWF told Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.
“(It was) a very special moment. You saw him beaming.”
Mario, who has a mental disability, was also given the chance to say goodbye to his colleagues at the zoo, where he has worked for almost 25 years.