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Giraffe says goodbye to dying man, with a kiss

Mario says goodbye to his friend at the zoo

A dying man who was taken on a final visit to the zoo where he worked for more than 30 years was rewarded with a goodbye kiss — from a giraffe.

The 54-year-old, identified only as Mario, had worked for 25 years at Rotterdam Zoo, where he would help clean out the animals’ enclosures.

Mario, who was mentally ill and stricken by cancer, asked the Ambulance Wish Foundation to take him back to the zoo one last time, to see the animals and say goodbye to his former colleagues.

It is stories like this one originally from 2014, that make us realise how important our animal friends are and what an impact they have on our lives.