Today could be day April the giraffe's baby is born, keeper say

Faith Castro
April 10, 2017

In case you missed it, Animal Adventure Park owner Jordan Patch offered a few updates and FAQ's on April last week. "Pretty much all of her clinical signs from a couple days ago are still true". Her vet said she remains happy and comfortable, considering her circumstances.

And thus, we will continue to wait.

April's behavior continues to be good, if somewhat moody, and she has kept viewers at home as well as keepers on the edge of their seats.

More than 130,000 people were doing just that before 8 a.m. Monday, watching as April lifted up her long neck to face the camera, flicking first one ear, then the other before shaking her head as if to say, "Are you people serious?"

The Animal Adventure Park in Upstate New York had released a statement and update after quelling the rumors.

The zoo has set up a text message alert system where it says it will send out the latest updates on April.

"Yes, we have been watching her for a very long time". NBC New York reported that it costs $4.99, plus messaging fees apply.

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Watch the live stream below. Many were anticipating an April Fools' Day baby for the aptly-named giraffe, but Saturday came and went without any significant changes to April's appetite and behavior.

"No, I can not induce her, nor should we want to".

At this point, it's impossible to determine the gender of April's fourth calf; according to an earlier report from USA Today, that's because the park's ultrasound isn't able to determine such information. He won't take any part in rearing the calf, though.

Bulls (male giraffes) only really care about two things- fighting and the unmentionable... In natural habitats, a giraffes' lifespan is about 15 years.

He added that April's pregnancy is not just live entertainment, but a teachable moment and source for education. Giraffe's instinctively hide their labor for however long it's lasting in order to not draw attention from predators who will wait out a giraffe's labor in order to attack once the calf is born. The live stream was started in February, with the zoo claiming April was 15 months pregnant and due any day. He or she will weigh around 150 pounds and will stand about 6 feet tall.

Once the calf is born and the sex is determined, Animal Adventures will post a contest announcement on their social media platforms where you can submit your name suggestions.

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