Giraffes Snuggle With Dying Dutch Zoo Worker

By Brian Shields

Fri Mar 21st, 2014 7:44am America/Los_Angeles

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ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands (KRON) — When a Dutch zoo worker found out he had terminal cancer, he wanted to say goodbye to his best friends, the giraffes.

Thanks to a local charity, an ambulance took the worker, known only as Mario, to the giraffe enclosure where some of the animals kissed him goodbye.

“These animals recognised him, and felt that (things aren’t) going well with him,’ Kees Veldboer, the founder of the Ambulance Wish Foundation told Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.

The 54-year old Mario also had the opportunity to exchange emotional farewells with his co-workers at the zoo where he spent 25 years working with the animals.

Scientists say there is evidence animals are able to sense illness in some humans.

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