Today's the Day! April the Giraffe giving birth


Today's the Day! April the Giraffe giving birth

The calf will be April's fourth calf and her mate Oliver's first calf. Yowsers. The proud father (who didn't end up being pregnant for over a year, just sayin;) is 5-year-old Oliver.

After a long, long, long wait - April the Giraffe has finally given birth to her calf.

The 15-month pregnancy has been the most anticipated event since the birth of Britian's Prince George, with fans weighing in to guess the due date.

The zoo has defended the practice as raising awareness for giraffe conservation, and says that their giraffes lead happy lives.

April's delivery was live-streamed on the park's YouTube "Giraffe Cam".

In case you missed it, the moment of birth is embedded below along with the livestream. "We are waiting for increased pacing to indicate an active labor situation has begun, in addition to pushing/contractions". The park has said it will hold a contest to name the baby. A contest will be held, and the lucky victor will have the privilege of naming April's much-awaited baby. On average, it takes about an hour-and-a-half for a giraffe to be born. Until then, let's watch April madly lick the air in search of a carrot.

The calf arrived on the day income taxes are traditionally due in the U.S. (though this year they're due on April 18), so get your tax-related names ready for the eventual online naming contest. April has never lost a calf nor had a stillborn.

The public fascination with April's unborn calf blossomed when the zoo began providing a live YouTube stream in February. Some people even thought that the whole thing was a clever April Fools' Day joke. That's right, April the giraffe has finally given birth, after being pregnant for more than a year.

After weeks of waiting, the giraffe gave birth at Adventure Park in Harpursville, N.Y. They also note that the reason April was in her indoor stall for much of February and March was because of the cold weather outside.

The calf will weigh around 150lb and will be about 6' tall at birth. The Animal Adventure Park opens for the 2017 season on May 13.

Officials at the zoo in southern NY fought to show the birth live after briefly getting shut down for being "sexually explicit".



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