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

VIRAL: Dying zookeeper gets sweet goodbye from beloved giraffe

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>>

  • Can anything stop foreign government favors to Trump?

    Can anything stop foreign government favors to Trump?

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:43 AM EDT2018-05-23 04:43:58 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 4:54 AM EDT2018-05-23 08:54:56 GMT
    (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File). FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, right, chats with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Critics fear foreign government favor...(AP Photo/Andy Wong, File). FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, right, chats with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Critics fear foreign government favor...
    Quid pro Trump? Critics fear nothing to stop foreign government favors to Trump businesses.More >>
    Quid pro Trump? Critics fear nothing to stop foreign government favors to Trump businesses.More >>
  • Body of Pakistani killed at Texas school arrives in Karachi

    Body of Pakistani killed at Texas school arrives in Karachi

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 2:03 AM EDT2018-05-23 06:03:20 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 4:54 AM EDT2018-05-23 08:54:40 GMT
    (AP Photo/Fareed Khan). Family members and others carry the casket of Sabika Sheikh, Pakistani exchange student killed in a mass shooting at a high school in Texas, upon arrival at her home in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Her body has ar...(AP Photo/Fareed Khan). Family members and others carry the casket of Sabika Sheikh, Pakistani exchange student killed in a mass shooting at a high school in Texas, upon arrival at her home in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Her body has ar...
    The body of a 17-year-old Pakistani exchange student killed in a mass shooting at a high school in Texas has arrived in the port city of Karachi, where her family lives.More >>
    The body of a 17-year-old Pakistani exchange student killed in a mass shooting at a high school in Texas has arrived in the port city of Karachi, where her family lives.More >>
  • Legend of Loch Ness Monster will be tested with DNA samples

    Legend of Loch Ness Monster will be tested with DNA samples

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 11:13 PM EDT2018-05-23 03:13:13 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 4:54 AM EDT2018-05-23 08:54:05 GMT
    Legend of Loch Ness Monster will be tested with DNA samples.More >>
    Legend of Loch Ness Monster will be tested with DNA samples.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.

Powered by Frankly