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Giraffe licks dying zoo worker.

Giraffe gives dying zoo worker a lick on the nose

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)
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Date:Mar 23, 2014
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