Watch April the giraffe's newborn calf take first wobbly steps

Frederick Owens
April 21, 2017

The baby calf was a male, he is April's fourth calf but the zoo's first one. The calf weighs 129 pounds and is 5-feet-9.

April is said to have recovered perfectly and is eating "everything in sight".

Now that April the giraffe has finally given birth, Animal Adventure Park is letting the internet help name the male calf. "Nursing strongly this morning without any concerns".

Fans who have been watching April the giraffe and her beau Oliver on the YouTube live stream were rewarded on Saturday, when the 15-year-old mom was seen giving birth to the couple's baby boy.

"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.

April teased her millions of global adorers for weeks, showing signs of near-but-not-quite labor and otherwise enchanting her audience with cute right-at-the-camera gazes and tongue flicks, snack noshing and nuzzling with her much younger but handsome 5-year-old beau. After about ten days, according to the park, the ten most popular names will go into a second round of public voting that will last approximately five days.

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Animal Adventure Park owner Jordan Patch said that both mom and calf are doing fine.

Patch called the birth "unnerving" to watch.

April has her own website and even an apparel line.

The zoo is holding a contest to name the baby, charging $1 per vote, with proceeds being split among wild giraffe conservation efforts, zoo upgrades and support for families of children experiencing unexpected medical expenses.

The zoo's giraffe camera will continue to show a livestream of April and her baby until Thursday, April 20.

Despite the protective actions of April, the baby giraffe did get his check-up from the vet, reported SF Gate.

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