Congratulations April! World Famous NY Giraffe Gives Birth

The hooves of the baby giraffe can be seen sticking out as April starts to give birth

The calf, April's fourth, will stay with her until he's weaned, which usually happens within six to twelve months, then, sadly, the plan is for him to move onto a different facility.

The big day arrived Saturday - a day before Easter - when viewers glued themselves to their screens to watch the miracle of birth. Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York has not announced the calf's sex yet but an official did call it a "perfect delivery".

Adventure park owner Jordan Patch says mother and calf are both doing fine.

The zoo began livestreaming from April's enclosure in February.

April the giraffe's calf takes its first tentative steps on April 15, 2017.

On Saturday, April gave birth to the long-overdue calf, to the delight of hundreds of thousands of people who have been monitoring a live cam feed from her pen in a NY zoo in anticipation of the grand event.

After a 16-month gestation period, the wait finally ended with the male calf's debut in a livestream from the zoo. The baby's father, five-year-old Oliver, watched from an adjacent pen.

Its gender was not yet known, and its name will be determined through a competition run by the park.

Many have watched the pregnant giraffe through different live streams provided by numerous feeds throughout the Internet, including the CBSDFW Facebook page.

In this image made from video provided by Animal Adventure Park in Binghamton, N.Y., April the giraffe muzzles her new calf seconds after giving birth on Saturday, April 15, 2017.

The calf is expected to weigh about 150 pounds (68.04 kilograms) and be about 6 feet (1.83 meters) tall.

The park is now closed to the public and will open in mid-May.

Animal Adventure is in rural Harpursville, New York.

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