This is really touching. A Dutch make-a-wish organization arranged to have Mario, a terminally-ill zookeeper, visit his animals one last time at the Rotterdam Zoo.
The other zookeepers do their best to lure the giraffes over with some food, and finally one giraffe decides it wants to check out Marios and appears to nuzzle and lick him severeal times.
The group is called the Ambulance Wish Foundation (Stichting Ambulance Wens Nederland), and they apparently arrange these last wishes for people in extremely comfortable ambulances. I’m not sure if they actually help make the wish come true, or if their speciality is handling terminally ill patients “who aren’t mobile,” according to their Facebook page. Thus, the patient wouldn’t normally be able to do this one last thing they want to do, without the help of the ambulance volunteers and their special ambulances with big windows all around, and a special comfortable mattress.
They’ve quite a daily agenda of these visits. Oh my god, I just went through their Web site. The stories are so sad. But at the same time, as Mark wrote yesterday (and someone else I think noted in the comments, or maybe that was Mark too), don’t focus on the sadness, focus on the heroes. I’m posting a few of the images they put up – the descriptions are beneath each image. Just wow.
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And here’s the video of Mario visiting the zoo: