April the giraffe in NY has calf before 1.2 million online

by Abel Hampton April 16, 2017, 0:49
April the giraffe in NY has calf before 1.2 million online

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 new calf will be the first giraffe born at Animal Adventure Park. Also included in the playlist is the YouTube video featuring the birth.

Are you excited to see April and her calf together?

Aside from April's well-being, some individuals are also outraged by how long they have been watching the live stream and have even stated how they are starting to think she is not even pregnant. All the money that is raised from the naming contest will go toward giraffe conservation in the wild, caring for giraffes at the park, and the charity Ava's Little Heroes. "The fact that you're gonna get to witness the miracle of birth from an animal that you really don't get to see give birth - that's neat".

April the giraffe shot to notoriety in February when her live stream went viral after Youtube briefly removed the post because of protests from animal rights activists.

Animal Adventure park is now closed to the public and will open in mid-May. No one could have guessed that April and the live giraffe cam would become the viral sensation it did.

Why is April's mate, Oliver, kept separate from April? "Everything she is doing is surely pointing to her going into labor soon", Animal Adventure Park wrote on Friday.

"Giraffes give birth standing up, which means when the calf is ready to be born, it exits its mother hooves first from six feet off the floor, making for a very exciting event", Patch said in a news release. He is a bull - and a bull is a bull is a bull!

"We can not retain offspring, as it would lead to incestuous mating and undermine the genetics of the program and species", the zoo says.

Those "things" on their heads are called ossicones.

Oliver may share space with April, but for short periods.

They eat hay and specialized giraffe diet but love romaine lettuce and carrot treats. A note on the livestream YouTube page states that April's food, water, and enrichment activities like toys are out of the view of the camera. While it may not sound like the most graceful way to enter the world, the fall breaks the amniotic sac, severs the umbilical cord and "most importantly, encourages the calf to take its first breaths".


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