Since the privately owned zoo's giraffe cambegan live-streaming video from April's enclosure, the feed has totaled tens of millions of views on YouTube, and counting, as people around the world check on the status of April's 15-month pregnancy.
On Saturday, Facebook and YouTubelivestream superstar April the giraffe finally gave birth to her calf.
This will be April's 5-year-old baby daddy Oliver's first calf.
After a long, long, long wait - April the Giraffe has finally given birth to her calf. Warning: like most live mammal births, it's kind of messy. Since then, five other zoos in the USA have welcomed giraffe calves into the world. April was expected to give birth mid-February but up until now, she's already way past her expected due date and the days keep on passing.
The calf has to stand, and quickly, if it wants to reach its mother to nurse.
Adventure park owner Jordan Patch says mother and calf are both doing fine. Patch plans to hold an online naming competition for the baby after it's born.
April could be seen in her stall on live camera cleaning off and watching over her new offspring. One development, however, should inspire hope for all viewing audiences, as it might just be one of the last things capable of uniting a fractured America: April the giraffe.
Congratulations to April and Oliver on their baby calf!
April is one of the most popular residents at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York. By the time April welcomed her baby, more than 1.2 million people had checked in to the stream. They also note that the reason April was in her indoor stall for much of February and March was because of the cold weather outside. People who've visited the park in previous months knew of April's pregnancy and the park has been receiving inquiries about her giving birth. Animal Adventure Park is now in its off-season so the park is closed to visitors. Baby giraffes can weigh up to 150 lbs and are as tall as the average man at birth. A Farmington, New Hampshire, songwriter even posted a music video on YouTube called, "I'm Going Crazy Waiting (For A Giraffe)".
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