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Giraffe gently helps make dying man’s final zoo visit something special

03/22/2014 12:51 PM

03/22/2014 12:51 PM

A dying man’s wish that he be given one final visit to the Amsterdam zoo where he had worked was granted, and in a poignant scene one of the animals he loved there gave the man what appeared to be an intimate farewell gesture. A young giraffe approached Mario Eijs, nuzzled up close to the man’s face and gently licked him in a touching scene.

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