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April the giraffe in NY giving birth before online audience

April the giraffe in NY giving birth before online audience

So Animal Adventure Park, the upstate NY zoo live-streaming the long-neck beauty's pregnancy, took to Facebook Live to answers many questions that were asked by April's adoring fans all around the globe.

Fifteen-year-old April delivered in an enclosed pen at the Animal Adventure Park zoo in Harpursville on Saturday. The new calf will be the first giraffe born at Animal Adventure Park.

"Not much to say this evening, as we covered quite a bit earlier in our live video Q&A and when crashing the Vet Visit with April".

After a 16-month gestation period, the wait finally ended with the male calf's debut in a livestream from the zoo.

Millions have watched since the the animal park first began to live stream the pregnant ungulate on February 10. Animal Adventure Park has been posting new photos and videos Saturday morning of the event.

The giraffe before giving birth. The park has said it will hold a contest to name the baby. This will be his first calf.

On Thursday, April's keeper reported a significant change in her shape. April is 15 years old. April will raise her calf naturally, and weaning could take between 6-10 months, maybe longer.

If you'd like to see the newborn in person, she'll be in the public viewing enclosure every day from about 9 a.m.to 2:30 p.m., except during inclement weather or other mitigating circumstances. Patch explained that it's not very likely that you will be able to tell April's labor until you see an actual hoof begin to poke out of her rear-end. April, who lives at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, has been the unwitting subject of social media mania for months, according to The Guardian. April seemed calm as she strolled around her pen, then occasionally stopped to lick and check on the two little legs dangling from her behind.

Park owner Jordan Patch confirmed April's birth was imminent in a statement posted to Facebook: "We are in labour, 100%!" he said.

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

The new born baby is already around 6 foot tall and is expected to weigh about 150lbs (68.04kg) The Guardian reports. "Made possible in part by their sponsorship, Animal Adventure Park will be donating $25,000 to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation!".


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