Dying zoo volunteer visits animals one last time

March 21, 2014 7:45:44 AM PDT
A zoo volunteer with terminal cancer was able to give a final farewell to the animals he loved, thanks to a Dutch non-profit organization.

Mario, 54, worked at the Rotterdam Zoo despite a mental disability, according to Dutch media. He was diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor, but the Ambulance Wish Foundation took him to the zoo for a final visit.

A giraffe bent down to "kiss" him during his visit, and a photo of the encounter quickly went viral on Reddit and the Ambulance Wish Foundation's Facebook page.

The Ambulance Wish Foundation operates in the Netherlands similar to the way the Make-A-Wish Foundation works in the United States, helping critically ill people achieve their wishes through volunteer help.