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(Independent)   Zoo worker dying of cancer asks for his hospital bed to be taken to zoo, where he gets goodbye kiss from giraffe he spent his life caring for. "These animals recognised him, and felt that things weren't well with him" (pics)   (independent.co.uk) divider line 81
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2014-03-21 07:51:02 AM  
Damn, pervasive dust in here...
 
2014-03-21 09:07:01 AM  

corq: Damn, pervasive dust in here...


Seriously. It's like a haboob landed in here.
 
2014-03-21 09:11:40 AM  
Imagination is quite a thing.
 
2014-03-21 09:25:54 AM  
I'm assuming they will, of course, feed him to the big cats and other predators when he dies, right.
 
2014-03-21 09:27:39 AM  

Satanic_Hamster: I'm assuming they will, of course, feed him to the big cats and other predators when he dies, right.


I wondered if that was the same zoo.....

Sweet pictures, though.
 
2014-03-21 09:27:41 AM  
i think animals can tell when you're not quite right. our old cat was a comfort to many people who werent feeling 100% for one reason and another. current cat is a heartless bastard though

not to mention animals that 'foresee' who will die next in nursing homes
 
2014-03-21 09:28:42 AM  

Satanic_Hamster: I'm assuming they will, of course, feed him to the big cats and other predators when he dies, right.


Fark, if I worked in a zoo, I'd probably demand that for my funeral.
 
2014-03-21 09:29:09 AM  
"...and felt things weren't well with him".

Translation: weak member of a herd of prey. You're lucky they have the prods out.
 
2014-03-21 09:29:44 AM  

InterruptingQuirk: Imagination is quite a thing.


Yes, indeed it is - and I pity the poor, soulless slugs who lack it.
 
2014-03-21 09:30:42 AM  

ginandbacon: corq: Damn, pervasive dust in here...

Seriously. It's like a haboob landed in here.


Damn dust storms.
 
2014-03-21 09:34:50 AM  

ginandbacon: corq: Damn, pervasive dust in here...

Seriously. It's like a haboob landed in here.


Yep. I know that when I'm upset, my cat seems to know and is more affectionate/
 
2014-03-21 09:34:52 AM  

InterruptingQuirk: Imagination is quite a thing.


imagine that
 
2014-03-21 09:37:07 AM  

Lady J: i think animals can tell when you're not quite right. our old cat was a comfort to many people who werent feeling 100% for one reason and another. current cat is a heartless bastard though

not to mention animals that 'foresee' who will die next in nursing homes


I thought they figured out that when people are dying they get cold, and when nursing home residents get cold the staff turns up the heat in to room, provides warm blankets, and turns on the space heater and electric blankets...

And cats are heartless bastards who prefer to be someplace warm.
 
2014-03-21 09:38:47 AM  
Three days after the guy passes we'll have a Fark headline on how giraffe saliva cures cancer.
 
2014-03-21 09:41:13 AM  
Kiss from a Giraffe?
Seems like a stretch.
 
2014-03-21 09:46:51 AM  
Did they mention the guy told the kissing giraffe, "Lower".
 
2014-03-21 09:48:08 AM  
The hyenas and vultures will wait until after he passes to pay their respects.
 
2014-03-21 09:48:14 AM  

vudukungfu: Kiss from a Giraffe?
Seems like a stretch.


You really stuck your neck out on that one.
 
2014-03-21 09:48:41 AM  

Lady J: i think animals can tell when you're not quite right. our old cat was a comfort to many people who werent feeling 100% for one reason and another. current cat is a heartless bastard though

not to mention animals that 'foresee' who will die next in nursing homes


Cats respond to indifference positively. If you ignore the. They flock to you. They also respond to increased heat positively.

So, running a fever, feel like crap, bundled up, last thing in the world you want is to look at a cat? Probably be there on your lap. In the warmth.
 
2014-03-21 09:51:51 AM  

Lady J: i think animals can tell when you're not quite right. our old cat was a comfort to many people who werent feeling 100% for one reason and another. current cat is a heartless bastard though

not to mention animals that 'foresee' who will die next in nursing homes


When I get sick and am in bed, my cat screams more loudly for food, because he knows I'm probably asleep.
 
2014-03-21 09:54:39 AM  
Wow.....reading dr sleep now
 
2014-03-21 09:59:52 AM  

InterruptingQuirk: Imagination is quite a thing.


THIS
 
2014-03-21 10:02:03 AM  
Ace Ventura goes to Valhalla
 
2014-03-21 10:02:42 AM  
My dad's dog acted completely different around him around 6 months before he died, which is about 4 months before we even found out he had lung cancer. It's not hard to believe animals can sense when something's not right about the owner.
I'm glad this man was able to say goodbye to his co-workers and all the animals he cared for. Sweet story.
 
2014-03-21 10:03:19 AM  

vudukungfu: Kiss from a Giraffe?
Seems like a stretch.


i209.photobucket.com
 
2014-03-21 10:03:40 AM  
Damnit it's dusty.

Oh wait, I'm a girl. I can admit to crying!
 
2014-03-21 10:03:41 AM  
I HAVE A COLD! WOULD SOMEONE GET RID OF THIS FARKING CAT THAT WILL NOT LEAVE ME ALONE!
 
2014-03-21 10:04:25 AM  

phenn: You really stuck your neck out on that one.


Spotted that?
 
2014-03-21 10:05:55 AM  
There was a giraffe in the Santa Barbara zoo that had a crooked neck.  She was healthy and not in pain they assured the visitors.  She came up and gave me a lick once with her big black tongue, right on the cheek.  Sweetest little giraffe baby ever.  She died 27 years later and I cried.  That is my giraffe story.
 
2014-03-21 10:10:17 AM  
My dog knew when our chinchilla was dying. She would come in, put her head on her paws, and watch us syringe-feed him with a very concerned expression.

/she's in surgery right now
//bladder stones
///shouldn't have clicked anything tagged "Sappy" today
 
2014-03-21 10:14:08 AM  

Lady J: i think animals can tell when you're not quite right. our old cat was a comfort to many people who werent feeling 100% for one reason and another. current cat is a heartless bastard though

not to mention animals that 'foresee' who will die next in nursing homes


My mom's cat, which never slept right near my mother's head when she was healthy, curled up right next to her during the last few hours of her life. She moved away when she stopped breathing.
 
2014-03-21 10:18:04 AM  

Beatrix4: Wow.....reading dr sleep now


First thing that came to mind when I saw the cat story at the end, I have to wonder if that's what influenced King to add it to the story.
 
2014-03-21 10:21:30 AM  

DecemberNitro: InterruptingQuirk: Imagination is quite a thing.

THIS


Heres hoping neither one of you ever own a pet.
 
2014-03-21 10:23:02 AM  
My mom has worked in a nursing home for over 25 years, she says the cat thing is true. They have pet therapy almost every day with the residents.  It's weird.


What's even weirder is those who pass during the overnight sometimes comment on a cat coming to their room a few hours before they die. Only problem is all the animals are gone during this time.
 
2014-03-21 10:25:25 AM  
And the anthropomorphization of dumb beasts continues.
 
2014-03-21 10:25:42 AM  

mjones73: Beatrix4: Wow.....reading dr sleep now

First thing that came to mind when I saw the cat story at the end, I have to wonder if that's what influenced King to add it to the story.


And there is the answer...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Sleep_%28novel%29#cite_note-13

The story was partly inspired by Oscar, a therapy cat who is able to predict the deaths of terminally ill patients; says King, "I thought to myself: 'I want to write a story about that.' And then I made the connection with Danny Torrance as an adult, working in a hospice. I thought: 'That's it. I'm gonna write this book.' The cat had to be there. It always takes two things for me to get going. It's like the cat was the transmission and Danny was the motor."
 
2014-03-21 10:25:47 AM  

Chinchillazilla: My dog knew when our chinchilla was dying. She would come in, put her head on her paws, and watch us syringe-feed him with a very concerned expression.

/she's in surgery right now
//bladder stones
///shouldn't have clicked anything tagged "Sappy" today


Bladder stones should be an easy surgery, hope you decides to get them analyzed so you know what to do to prevent them in the future. Speedy recovery to your furry friend!
 
2014-03-21 10:27:04 AM  
If you're feeling sick or depressed my dog will stick with you like glue. He will lay across you about chest level and will not budge for anything.
 
2014-03-21 10:27:12 AM  

sandi_fish: There was a giraffe in the Santa Barbara zoo that had a crooked neck.  She was healthy and not in pain they assured the visitors.  She came up and gave me a lick once with her big black tongue, right on the cheek.  Sweetest little giraffe baby ever.  She died 27 years later and I cried.  That is my giraffe story.


That's a pretty good giraffe story. My giraffe story is that I saw one once and said to myself, yep, it's tall all right. Then I went to see the chimps and noticed that all the girl chimps had very prominent vulvas, and I wondered if this was also true of the giraffes. I considered going back to check, but by then it was time for an ice cream.
 
2014-03-21 10:30:38 AM  

I'm just asking questions: And the anthropomorphization of dumb beasts continues.


The self aggrandizement of hairless apes continues.
 
2014-03-21 10:33:32 AM  
Oscar the cat appeared to 'predict' a patient's death by sitting next to their bed and keeping a vigil there until they died, which was usually a few hours later.

It was later determined that Oscar the cat was actually killing the elderly patients by suffocation. After Oscar was removed from the home, there was a significant drop in patient mortality.
 
2014-03-21 10:34:17 AM  
My cat is much more cuddly when one of us is sick or upset. When a close friend passed recently the cat would follow me around the apartment until I sat down then jump on my lap and purr until I payed attention to her and then she'd curl up and sleep next to me.  If I didn't do this she'd just up the ante until I had to pay attention to the point of climbing up and licking my nose or pushing her head under my hand until I scratched her ears.  When I'm feeling well and not upset she usually ignores me after the customary greeting when I arrive home.
 
2014-03-21 10:35:37 AM  

Satanic_Hamster: I'm assuming they will, of course, feed him to the big cats and other predators when he dies, right.


That's already in my post-death wishlist.  Parts of my body go in the ocean, parts in the swamp, and the remaining carcass is to be tossed into the river off the Canal Street ferry.
 
2014-03-21 10:35:51 AM  

kendelrio: "...and felt things weren't well with him".

Translation: weak member of a herd of prey. You're lucky they have the prods out.


Yeah, those damn carnivorous giraffes might carry him off to eat him.
 
2014-03-21 10:39:27 AM  

WhiskeySticks: My mom has worked in a nursing home for over 25 years, she says the cat thing is true. They have pet therapy almost every day with the residents.  It's weird.


What's even weirder is those who pass during the overnight sometimes comment on a cat coming to their room a few hours before they die. Only problem is all the animals are gone during this time.


Wait, what?  They interview them after they die?
 
2014-03-21 10:39:31 AM  

El Dudereno: kendelrio: "...and felt things weren't well with him".

Translation: weak member of a herd of prey. You're lucky they have the prods out.

Yeah, those damn carnivorous giraffes might carry him off to eat him.


fc02.deviantart.net
 
2014-03-21 10:48:08 AM  

sandi_fish: There was a giraffe in the Santa Barbara zoo that had a crooked neck.  She was healthy and not in pain they assured the visitors.  She came up and gave me a lick once with her big black tongue, right on the cheek.  Sweetest little giraffe baby ever.  She died 27 years later and I cried.  That is my giraffe story.


Gemina!
theenchantedmanor.com
 
2014-03-21 10:53:14 AM  

El Dudereno: kendelrio: "...and felt things weren't well with him".

Translation: weak member of a herd of prey. You're lucky they have the prods out.

Yeah, those damn carnivorous giraffes might carry him off to eat him.


You can't trust a giraffe.
 
2014-03-21 10:59:20 AM  

Kid Shelleen: WhiskeySticks: My mom has worked in a nursing home for over 25 years, she says the cat thing is true. They have pet therapy almost every day with the residents.  It's weird.


What's even weirder is those who pass during the overnight sometimes comment on a cat coming to their room a few hours before they die. Only problem is all the animals are gone during this time.

Wait, what?  They interview them after they die?


Yeah, that's exactly what they do, you dungus.

They're old people. They push their light button to call the nurse all the time - for little things and sometimes nothing at all. If they see a cat in their room in the middle of the night, they're sure as shiat going to be pushing that button.
 
2014-03-21 11:00:43 AM  
Kind of zoo to let dying keeper's bed be set near those he cared for.  Wrapping scarf to reduce breathing thick dust in here.
 
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