VIRAL: Dying zookeeper gets sweet goodbye from beloved giraffe - wave3.com-Louisville News, Weather & Sports

VIRAL: Dying zookeeper gets sweet goodbye from beloved giraffe

Posted: Updated:
A zoo employee dying from a terminal brain tumor was not only granted his final wish, but given a sweet final goodbye from one of the animals he loved. (Source: J.A.A van Dam/YouTube) A zoo employee dying from a terminal brain tumor was not only granted his final wish, but given a sweet final goodbye from one of the animals he loved. (Source: J.A.A van Dam/YouTube)
  • InternationalMore>>

  • Ukraine parliament ratifies EU pact

    Ukraine parliament ratifies EU pact

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:31 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:31:47 GMT
    The city council in Donetsk says three people have been killed and five wounded in shelling overnight in the city in eastern Ukraine.More >>
    Ukraine's parliament ratified an agreement to deepen economic and political ties with the European Union on Tuesday, and passed legislation to grant autonomy to the rebellious east as part of a peace deal.More >>
  • UN panel emphasizes Assad role in Syria war crimes

    UN panel emphasizes Assad role in Syria war crimes

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:12 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:12:02 GMT
    The U.N. commission investigating war crimes in Syria says President Bashar Assad's government is committing the bulk of atrocities inside the war-torn country, exceeding the toll from the horrific massacres...More >>
    As nations mount an offensive against the Islamic State militants that have gained a stronghold in Iraq and Syria, a U.N. human rights commission emphasized Tuesday that the Syrian President Bashar Assad's government...More >>
  • Pope to focus on grandparents after newlyweds

    Pope to focus on grandparents after newlyweds

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:11 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:11:59 GMT
    First, Pope Francis married 20 couples to highlight the role of families as the heart of the Catholic Church. Next up is a special Mass for grandparents.More >>
    First, Pope Francis married 20 couples to highlight the role of families as the heart of the Catholic Church. Next up is a special Mass for grandparents.More >>

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS (RNN) – A man dying from a terminal illness was not only granted his final wish, but given a sweet farewell from one of the animals he loved. The video of the reunion has gone viral.

On March 20, the last wish of Mario, a 54-year-old zoo employee was to visit the Blijdorp Zoo in Rotterdam, Netherlands, where he worked for nearly 25 years despite a mental disability. He is now dying of a brain tumor.

According to the Dutch News, the Dutch Ambulance Wish Foundation granted his wish by taking him from the hospital to the zoo where he could rest comfortably in his hospital bed and watch the giraffes, his favorite animals.

During the visit, one of the giraffes came up to Mario and nuzzled him as he rested, a touching moment that was photographed and gone viral. The foundation also caught the tender moment on video and posted it to their Facebook page, helping spread the touching tribute.

The Ambulance Wish Foundation's director Kees Veldoer told Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad that "It was special that the animals knew him and could sense all was not well with him."

The foundation caters to immobile terminal patients by transporting them to the one place they'd like to go as their final wish.

Do you like to tweet? I do – follow me on Twitter @TanitaG_RNN.

Copyright 2014 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved.