By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Mar 21, 2014
A dying man in the Netherlands got a goodbye kiss from a giraffe, and the sweet yet heartbreaking interaction was caught on camera.
“The man, Mario (patient last name withheld), is a 54-year-old volunteer who worked with the Rotterdam Zoo in the Netherlands for years,” reports HLN. “He has been diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor and had one wish: To say goodbye to the animals he had cared for.”
With the help of a Dutch organization called the Ambulance Wish Foundation, Mario got his wish. The charity operates in a way similar to the Make-A-Wish foundation in the United States, but includes dying adults.
Reports say the giraffes recognized Mario immediately. He had spent most of his life working at the zoo, where his duties included cleaning the giraffe enclosure.
Watch in the video above as one sticks its neck through a window and appears to give Mario a kiss goodbye.