I have read numerous stories about animals who display a great sensitivity to people who are dying or who have already died, and who had some special relationship to the animals that they served. In a story that was published by a Dutch newspaper, a 54 year old zoo-keeper named Algemeen Dagblad, requested a final goodbye to the animals that he loved. He asked to be wheeled into the zoo so that he could say goodbye. Animals communicate in another language that perhaps we have lost sight of as humans. Beneath the words, animals respond to the deepest, most authentic emotions that human beings have to offer. Silence is not easy for everyone. It requires that we drop the pretense and the masks that we wear in the world. Animals can be our greatest teachers and friends, showing us that words are not always important during transitional moments in our lives.

The following photograph and article are sourced at this website:  http://www.buzzfeed.com/richardhjames/giraffe-kisses-dying-zoo-keeper-goodbye#2uwqyn7

 

Giraffe kisses zoo keeper

 

Giraffe kisses zoo keeper