Mario is a 54-year-old mentally handicapped man who worked at the Rottermam Zoo in the Netherlands for 25 years. After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, he wanted to bid farewell to the animals he’d spent his life with.
And they wanted to say goodbye to him, too.
The AWF was founded by Kees Veldboer, who takes such an active hand in his organization’s wish-granting that he drives the ambulance that ferries patients back and forth himself.
Mario apparently passed away on March 20, 2014, according to the AWF’s YouTube video.
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