Giraffe licks dying zoo worker.
AMSTERDAM -- A giraffe gave a lick to a dying man who asked as a last wish to be taken to Blijdorp Zoo in Rotterdam, Netherlands, where he had done odd jobs for 25 years.
Mario Eijs, who is mentally disabled, had developed a brain tumor and had difficulty walking or speaking. He wanted to pay a final visit to the co-workers and animals he loved.
Several giraffes became curious when Eijs was brought to their inside enclosure on March 19.
"Mario got a lick on his nose after a lot of snuffles,'' Foundation worker Olaf Exoo said in a written summary of the day.''
Exoo said it was ''a last greeting to each other that gave everybody watching goose bumps.''
-- The Associated Press
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|Publication:||Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)|
|Date:||Mar 23, 2014|
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