Mario Ejis, 54, worked as a maintenance staffer at Rotterdam’s Diergaarde Blijdorp Zoo in the Netherlands for 25 years, caring for some of the most amazing creatures in confinement.
Mario, who also has a mental handicap, had terminal cancer and had been unable to work for some time.
In 2014, after spending nearly half of his life cleaning animal cages and making friends with wild monsters, he had one last request: he wanted to go back to the zoo.
According to the Independent, Mario’s illness had progressed to the point where he was permanently confined to his bed. He was struggling with his speaking and finding it difficult to form cohesive statements.
However, the longing on his face was all that was required to persuade anyone. The Ambulance Wish Foundation, a charitable group, came to his aid. He was taken to the hospital in a specially equipped ambulance so that he could see his buddies again.
The giraffes sensed his anguish. Something remarkable happened when Mario was escorted to the giraffe section. It was distressing to see the giraffes approach the ambulance carrying Mario, poking their heads through the glass one after the other. They could tell he was in a lot of discomfort and suffering a lot. With mournful emotions on their faces, they nuzzled him, kissed him, and reassured him.
“These animals recognized him and saw that something wasn’t right with him,” said Kees Veldboer, founder of the Ambulance Wish Foundation. Mario was deeply affected by the encounter.
“It was a very special occasion.” “You saw him beaming,” Veldboer said. He had one last chance to see the zoo that had been his home. He also had the opportunity to say his final goodbyes to his coworkers. Love from all over the world The Ambulance Request Foundation is a non-profit organization that delivers terminally ill people to a location of personal significance as their final wish.
The organization was founded in the Netherlands and is now well-established in the United Kingdom, with over 1506 volunteers. When the organization posted Mario’s story on their Facebook page in 2014, it quickly went viral. Several media outlets took it up and spread it on popular websites and Twitter. Many people were moved by the narrative and amazed at the giraffes’ ability to detect Mario’s agony. “Animals are the most beautiful and ethereal entities,” said one insightful commenter on Buzz Nick. In inconceivable ways, they see, feel, and touch our souls.
The depth of their senses is a gift to those who unconditionally love and respect these amazing creatures, which our magnificent Creator has bestowed upon us. Mario, may you rest in peace. You were their inspiration.”
Although the giraffes were unable to discover cancer in their friend’s body, they were able to sense his sorrow and suffering. Many animals in general are fantastic, with many being able to express and feel emotions not only from their own species, but also from humans.
Elephants, for example, exhibit similar actions when they lament the loss of someone dear to them. They stand for hours around the body of the deceased animal, rubbing it with their trunks and appearing sorrowful.
Of course, our ‘best friend’ should always be mentioned; dogs not only exhibit emotion, but studies have proven that they may detect cancer in patients.
Animals are incredible creatures. The story of Mario and his giraffe is unforgettable.