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Zookeeper Gets Last Kiss From Giraffes

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Photo: Facebook/Stichting Ambulance Wens Nederland

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A terminally ill zookeeper named Mario got an emotional farewell from a group of giraffes he looked after for 25 years.

Mario was a maintenance worker at Rotterdam’s Diergaarde Blijdorp zoo in the Netherlands until he was diagnosed with cancer.

While in the final stages of his battle with a brain tumor, he asked hospital workers if he could be wheeled into the zoo’s giraffe enclosure one last time. He wanted a chance to say goodbye to the animals he loved so dearly.

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The 54-year-old man’s final visit to the Dutch zoo was organized by the Ambulance Wish Foundation, a volunteer-run organization that fulfills the last wishes of terminally ill patients.

“These animals recognised him, and felt that [things aren’t] going well with him,” Kees Veldboer, founder and director of the Ambulance Wish Foundation, told Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad. “It was a very special moment, you could see him beaming.”

Our love and prayers go out to Mario as he lives out the last days of his life.

RYOT NOTE from Anna

What a simple act of kindness! So small, yet it went so far in making this dying man happy in the final days of his life. Hopefully this will inspire you to do something for someone you know, or even for a complete stranger. The Ambulance Wish Foundation’s work in the Netherlands is similar to that of the Make-A-Wish Foundation in the U.S. They grant the final wishes of terminally ill adults and children. Please click the action box to support their work (you may need Google Translate!) and share this story to Become the News!

 

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Zookeeper Gets Last Kiss From Giraffes

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