Giraffe Gives Dying Zoo Worker A Final Greeting

AMSTERDAM (March 22, 2014) A giraffe gave a lick to a dying man who asked as a last wish to be taken to Blijdorp Zoo in Rotterdam, Netherlands, where he had worked doing odd jobs for 25 years.

Mario Eijs developed a brain tumor and had difficulty walking or speaking, but he wanted to pay a final visit to the co-workers and animals he loved.

On Wednesday, the Stichting Ambulance Wens, which offers free transport to terminally ill patients, drove Mario to the zoo where several giraffes became curious when he was taken their inside enclosure.

"Mario got a lick on his nose after a lot of snuffles," Foundation worker Olaf Exoo said in a written summary of the day.

Exoo said it was "a last greeting to each other that gave everybody watching goose bumps."

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