If you're like us and your life has begrudgingly been consumed by a livestream of a giraffe named April waiting to give birth at New York's Animal Adventure Park for the past 11 days, you may not be ready for this news.
Millions of people have tuned in to watch April move around her stall in anticipation of the big day.
"Last week, compared to this week, provides even further belly development and drop". The calf will be about 150 pounds and 6 feet tall at birth and up and walking in about an hour.
Zookeepers say they expected April to give birth to her fourth child in January or February, but may have miscalculated the date of conception - which accounts for the now-extended coverage. She's now pregnant with her fourth calf and lives adjacent to the calf's father Oliver "Ollie" who is five-years-old. Patch shared in a video update that April and Oliver were observed engaging in mating behaviors in Oct. 2015; however, that didn't conclusively prove April conceived in October. He is the only other giraffe at the park.
When the baby will be born is still anybody's guess.
"Vet report is all positive and happy with progression".
April the giraffe's impending birth continues to enthrall viewers across the country who have been glued to the live cam inside her enclosure for weeks. The page has more than 20 million views on YouTube, with well-wishers as far-flung as India and Scotland reaching out to park staff to send April good will. They said she was calmer later in the evening. You may find more information on April's official website below.
He added that April's pregnancy is not just live entertainment, but a teachable moment and source for education.