Giraffe kisses dying caretaker in heartwarming farewell

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One of the giraffes kissed its terminally-ill caretaker Mario in a video that has now gone viral. (Youtube)

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (PIX11)– A giraffe bid farewell to a dying zoo employee by lightly kissing the man’s face as he visited with the animals he took care of and his former coworkers

The 54-year-old man identified as Mario by the Dutch News is suffering from terminal cancer and worked at the Diergaarde Blikdorp Zoo in Rottenham, Netherlands for the past 25 years.

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Mario, who is paralyzed by a brain tumor, had the company of giraffes as an early birthday present.(Youtube)

The Stichting Ambulance Wens Nederland foundation, a charity that drives terminal patients in an ambulance to carry out their final wish,  posted a video on their Facebook page on Friday that filmed one of the giraffes nuzzling its former caretaker as he laid on a bed.

According to the foundation, Mario was an intellectually-disabled man that had a brain tumor that left him paralyzed. His final wish was to see the animals and his colleagues as an early April birthday present in March.

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