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Man's Dying Wish To See Giraffes Captured in Photo

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A Dutch company which helps terminally ill patients confined to their beds see their dreams fulfilled in their last days captured this moving image. Mario worked at a local zoo and wanted to say goodbye to the giraffes. He received his wish, and much, much more. 


According to the Ambulance Wish Foundation's site, Mario worked for nearly 25 years at the Rotterdam Zoo, where he helped maintain animal enclosures and clean the oceanarium. Mario is paralyzed and also has a brain tumor, so his birthday wish was to see the giraffes and other animals he had worked around for so long. In the moment captured in this picture, the giraffe gave Mario a lick on the nose which sparked a wide smile on his face and a memory he will have for the rest of his days.  

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