Zoos may be controversial - but one heartbreaking video depicts the truly amazing bond animals can share with their keepers...
Zoos sometimes get a bad rep.With many viewing keeping any animal in captivity as inherently cruel.
And it's true, zoos of the past have been controversial.But that doesn't mean exotic animals can't be cared for in a safe and humane way.
Zoos have come a long way!Many of them are amazing educational tools - plus make an effort in conservation.
On top of that, the bond between animals and their keepers can be real.As this story proves.
A heartbreaking video from Rotterdam’s Diergaarde Blijdorp Zoo has gone viral.
via: FacebookAnd it's equal parts adorable and tragic.
Over the years, zoos have become more and more controversial...
via: GettyAnd today, many perceive them as inhumane and cruel. But things weren't always like this.
Zoos were once a very popular family attraction...
via: GettyAnd the excitement of seeing exotic animals in enclosures completely overrode the concept of cruelty.
Of course, there are many zoos out there that work as animal sanctuaries and reserves...
via: GettyAnd these sanctuaries take care of wild animals who are endangered or cannot survive alone in the wild.
But the majority of zoos are considered inhumane and inappropriate.
Tigers in zoos live miserable and sad life in cages. Don't patronize zoos and let them live in their natural habita… https://t.co/PKa27Yfq8A— PETA India (@PETA India)1587888000.0
Cages are no places for animals...
Tigers aren’t the only ones who are torn from their mothers and abused at roadside zoos. #TigerKing… https://t.co/ksoj2PpVoo— PETA (@PETA)1588028642.0
Activists have been working tirelessly for years now to try and rescue animals in captivity...
via: GettyBut it's worth noting that not all zoos are exploitative or bad for animals - as this story proves.
The bond between a keeper and an animal can be truly special.
via: FacebookAnd Rotterdam’s Diergaarde Blijdorp zoo in the Netherlands has one of the most amazing stories of this special relationship.
As one dying zookeeper returned to the zoo for a final time.
via: FacebookAnd not only did the animals remember him...
They came over to give him a goodbye kiss.
via: FacebookIt was too cute for words.
Mario Ejis had worked at the zoo for 25 years.
via: FacebookAnd, primarily interacted with the giraffes there.
He was battling terminal cancer and had a dying wish.
via: FacebookTo go and visit the giraffes he loved one final time.
And as he was brought into the enclosure, something incredible happened.
via: FacebookNot only did the giraffes remember him, but they sensed his pain, too.
One by one, they approached him.
via: FacebookSticking their heads through the window, they gave him a final goodbye.
It was absolutely amazing to see.
via: FacebookThose watching also knew they were witnessing a very special moment.