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It Appears April the Giraffe’s Calf Will Have an April B’day

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It sounds like a tall tale, but this giraffe romance has managed to captivate the world for more than a month. (Published 6 hours ago) What to Know April has captivated tens of millions of people across the world who have been checking in on her via the live stream Giraffe pregnancies last up to 15 months; labor lasts anywhere from a few hours to a few days The calf will be the first born at Animal Adventure Park, and the zoo says it will hold a contest to name it once it arrives It appears April is holding on for her namesake month to deliver her world-famous calf. After weeks of waiting for what may be the most globally anticipated giraffe birth in history, it appears April’s tens of millions of fans will have to sit tight just a little bit longer. Love Story Behind World’s Most Famous Giraffe Pregnancy As the calendar turned toward the month of April Friday night, April the giraffe had still not given birth, despite the upstate New York zoo live-streaming her pregnancy writing Friday morning that “all observations, behavior and predictions suggest a calf today or tonight.” “We would be shocked to get through the weekend without our newest addition,” the Animal Adventure Park wrote. “The staff have been onsite with April all morning, Dr Tim was called and onsite within minutes. This is what we have all been waiting for!” The zoo said it hoped to launch a text alert system to notify people when April went into active labor, though it wasn’t clear if it would be up and running in time. Watch the live stream below. More than 250,000 people were tuning in to the live-stream just after 9 p.m. Friday as April and Oliver touched noses and necks through a barrier separating their pens. They kept it up even after the lights were out about a half-hour later. Earlier on Friday, onlookers saw zoo keepers enter April’s pen sweeping up extra dirt and and cleaning up in what appeared to be a preparation stage. Adorable Zoo Babies: German Shepherd Nurses Tiger Cubs When April goes into active labor, the baby’s front hoofs will be the first to come out, followed by the snout, the zoo says. Mom will naturally raise the calf on her own, and weaning could take between six to 10 months, maybe even longer — the zoo says it won’t rush the process. Once weaning is over, the baby giraffe will move on to another facility to start a breeding program there. ” We cannot retain offspring, as it would lead to incestuous mating and undermine the genetics of the program and species,” the zoo says. Behind the Scenes With April the Giraffe as Birth Looms We visited April the giraffe at Animal Adventure Park to see how she and her keepers were getting on ahead of the birth of her new calf. (Published Tuesday, March 7, 2017) This is 15-year-old April’s fourth calf. It’ll be the first for her mate Oliver. He won’t take any part in rearing the calf, though. Male giraffes, called bulls, really only care about two things, the zoo says: “fighting and the unmentionable.” “He is a bull — and a bull is a bull is a bull!” the zoo says. Pregnant Woman’s April the Giraffe Impression Goes Viral April’s pregnancy was catapulted into global headlines late last month after YouTube briefly yanked the zoo’s stream following complaints by animal activists that it violated the site’s policies concerning “nudity and sexual content.” Thousands upon thousands of commenters voiced their frustration on Facebook and YouTube, and the stream was restored within an hour or so. Recently Born Zoo Animals
Everyone is waiting for April the giraffe to give birth. While you wait, take a look at some of the other recently born zoo animals from around the world. (Published Friday, March 3, 2017) Jordan Patch, owner of the Animal Adventure Park, says the natural curiosity surrounding giraffes and their birthing process has been a huge factor in drawing crowds. “I think the fact that she’s a giraffe and she’s a neat species that people are interested in, that’s fostered a lot of the attention,” he said. “The fact that you’re gonna get to witness the miracle of birth from an animal that you really don’t get to see give birth — that’s neat.”

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