April the giraffe is finally having her baby: Watch livestream
Apr 16, 2017, 00:59
April, a giraffe at a NY state zoo, gave birth Saturday on a widely-and-intensely-watched live stream. The father of the calf, Oliver, is now 5 years old and this will be his first calf.
The much-awaited fourth calf of April the giraffe has yet to arrive, making a few curious followers doubt the pregnancy.
The 15-month pregnancy has been the most anticipated event since the birth of Britian's Prince George, with fans weighing in to guess the due date. Since then, five other zoos in the US have welcomed giraffe calves into the world.
HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) A NY zoo's livestream video of its pregnant giraffe is showing her giving birth.
She was acting kind of odd Thursday morning, however, Animal Adventure Park said in its Facebook update.
After months of anticipation, the world's most famous giraffe has finally given birth.
Almost an hour later, the calf's small front hooves were poking out. Are you sad that the calf won't stay at the Animal Adventure Park?
When the public submit names for the baby?
This is Animal Adventure's first giraffe calf.
Throughout the process, April has given off multiple false alarms that she was ready to give birth. April will raise her calf naturally, and weaning could take between 6-10 months, maybe longer.
The world's giraffe birth-watching community had a brief scare on Thursday morning when YouTube removed the stream because it was flagged for nudity and sexual content by animal rights groups.
The zoo says that all money raised will go towards animal care, and that extra funds will go towards improving their giraffe facilities and installing a permanent giraffe livecam.
Animal Adventure park is now closed to the public and will open in mid-May.
But April 1 passed, and no calf.
"We're going to let Mom and baby do their thing for a little bit", park owner Jordan Patch announced on Facebook Live shortly after the birth, according to USA Today.
Once the calf is born, the Harpursville zoo in upstate NY will have a contest to name it.
Junior Georganne Jadhon stated, "I was starting to think she wasn't even pregnant because of how long it is taking her to give birth".
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