Final Farewell: The Heartbreaking Moment A Giraffe Kisses His Cancer-Stricken Zoo Keeper...

Final Farewell: The Heartbreaking Moment A Giraffe Kisses His Cancer-Stricken Zoo Keeper Goodbye (PHOTOS)

By Joy Abobi | News Reporter on March 21, 2014
Marius the giraffe before he was euthanized (Photo Credit: AFP/Getty)

Ambulance wish foundation made a dying man wish came true.

Mario 54, suffering from a terminal cancer and has few weeks to live requested to see his beloved giraffes whom he spent all his working life at Diegaarde Blijdorb zoo in Rotterdam, Holland caring for.

In a heartbreaking scene one of the giraffe gets close to Mario in his portable bed and gave him a final goodbye kiss.

Mirror reports:

He cared for them all his working life, now giraffes at a Dutch zoo have bade a final farwell to their keeper dying of cancer.

In a tender moment one even leaned over the rails of their cage and gave their keeper, only named as Mario and gave him a farewell kiss as he was wheeled into their enclousure on his hospital bed.

The heartbreaking moment came at Rotterdam’s Diergaarde Blijdorp Zoo, in Holland after a charity made the 54-year-old’s last wish come true.

The maintenance worker’s request to see his beloved giraffes whose enclsoure he cleaned out every day resulted in the unexpeted touching moment when one of the animals gave him a last nuzzle and a final farewell kiss.

The goodbye trip was organised by Dutch charity Ambulance Wish Foundation.


Founder Kees Veldboer, said: “These animals recognised him, and felt that things weren’t going well with him.

“It was a very special moment. You saw him beaming.”

Mario, who is also mentally disabled, then asked for a moment to say goodbye to his colleagues at the zoo, where he has worked for 25 years.

Kees said: “It was very nice that we were able to work on the last wish of this man.”


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