Giraffe watch: Internet sensation April reportedly just hour away from giving birth

Ebony Scott
April 4, 2017

When the live stream of April the pregnant giraffe in NY went offline on Saturday morning, many were asking themselves, "is this an April Fool's joke?"

"Our big girl is comfortable, confident, and continues to keep her composure - better than the rest of us!", staff from Animal Adventure Park in Upstate New York wrote on Facebook before the day ended.

The vet looking after the planet's most famous zoo creature says he will not give the mum-to-be a helping hand despite the growing impatience of her huge legion of fans. The world has waited for April to go into active labor and deliver her calf while the giraffe cam streams the event live online.

All eyes remain on everyone's favorite giraffe as April is still on baby watch at Animal Adventure Park in NY.

The zoo has also launched a GoFundMe campaign to offset the annual care of the giraffes and has also established a website for April. As you can tell, it's been a very long waiting game of giraffe watch not only for the public but the Animal Adventure Park as well. The upstate NY zoo had predicted a calf by Friday, however, that initial timeline came to a screeching halt, with the weekend passing and still no calf.

This will be the first calf for 5-year-old Oliver, April's mate.

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Her calf - which will weigh about 150 pounds and measure about 6 feet tall - will come out front hoofs first and begin walking 30 minutes to an hour later, according to Animal Planet.

It's $4.99 to sign up with the fund benefiting Giraffe Conservation Foundation.

The videos were initially cut short as people flagged them as "sexually explicit".

How long has April been with Animal Adventure Park?

In the park's Saturday afternoon update, keepers reported April's appetite was down, but she was sill accepting her favorite treat - carrots.

"You may see her lifting each leg, pinning ears, dazing off, raising tail - those behaviors are what we want to see and expect to increase in frequency", officials said. April was elsewhere when she gave birth to her first three calves, and this one will be the Harpursville zoo's first giraffe calf. The AAP also has a contest where people can win a free season pass and meet April the giraffe. Spectators are growing more concerned with each passing day because April has yet to give birth.

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