A final goodbye: Giraffe kisses dying zoo worker

Published On: Mar 21 2014 12:00:00 PM HST


A photo captured a touching moment when a giraffe said goodbye to a dying zoo worker.

The zoo maintenance worker has terminal cancer and he asked the Netherland’s Ambulance Wish Foundation for help so that he could visit the Rotterdam’s Diergaarde Blijdorp zoo once last time.

He had worked at the zoo cleaning animal enclosures for nearly 25 years.

The wish was granted, and what happened during the visit amazed everyone, The Independent reported. 

The 54-year-old man was confined to a bed, so the Ambulance Wish Foundation brought him to the zoo with a specially designed ambulance.

When his bed was moved inside the giraffe enclosure, one of the giraffes approached him, bent its head down with its long, graceful neck down, and gave him a kiss.

The heartwarming moment went viral worldwide with a photo shared through Reddit, Twiter, and the Ambulance Wish Foundation’s Facebook page.


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