What to Know
April has captivated tens of millions of people across the world who have been checking in on her via the live stream
Giraffe pregnancies last up to 15 months; labor lasts anywhere from a few hours to a few days
The calf will be the first born at Animal Adventure Park, and the zoo says it will hold a contest to name it once it arrives
Another day gone, and believe it or not, April the giraffe is still pregnant, leading many anticipating the arrival of her fourth calf for another day and wondering when exactly she’ll go into labor.
Animal Adventure Park, the upstate New York zoo live-streaming April’s pregnancy for millions of curious viewers around the world over the last month and a half, reported some wetness around April’s back end, which is likely due to her wagging her tail and swishing around some discharge.
However, not much has changed otherwise, Animal Adventure Park said late Tuesday night.
“April’s condition remains the same: happy, big and beautiful,” the zoo said in its latest Facebook update. “She enjoyed extended yard time today in the warm weather and sun.”
The zoo continues to promise everyone that we are moving in the right direction.
Animal Adventure Park posted an adorable picture of April, and her younger 5-year-old beau Oliver, sharing an afternoon snack from their new enrichment gift.
The zoo has said April getting out more is a good sign, as keepers and vets keep a close eye on the pregnant giraffe’s activity, as did nearly 80,000 adoring fans around the world shortly before 4 a.m. Wednesday.
Watch the live stream below.
April clearly enjoys giving her admiring fans some close ups of her face as she smacks her lips together in what appears to be an attempt to tell her fans a message worldwide.
The zoo has said giraffes pace a lot prior to giving birth, so keepers are looking for that to indicate “active labor.” At that point, the baby’s front hoofs will be the first to come out, followed by the snout, the zoo says.
Mom will naturally raise the calf on her own, and weaning could take between six to 10 months, maybe even longer — the zoo says it won’t rush the process. Once weaning is over, the baby giraffe will move on to another facility to start a breeding program there.
“We cannot retain offspring, as it would lead to incestuous mating and undermine the genetics of the program and species,” the zoo says.
April’s pregnancy was catapulted into global headlines late last month after YouTube briefly yanked the zoo’s stream following complaints by animal activists that it violated the site’s policies concerning “nudity and sexual content.” Thousands upon thousands of commenters voiced their frustration on Facebook and YouTube, and the stream was restored within an hour or so.
Jordan Patch, owner of the Animal Adventure Park, says the natural curiosity surrounding giraffes and their birthing process has been a huge factor in drawing crowds.
“I think the fact that she’s a giraffe and she’s a neat species that people are interested in, that’s fostered a lot of the attention,” he said. “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.”
He added that April’s pregnancy is not just live entertainment, but a teachable moment and source for education. This is the zoo’s first giraffe calf.
Giraffe pregnancies last up to 15 months. Labor lasts anywhere from a few hours to a few days. The calf, which will be the first born at Animal Adventure Park, will be about 150 pounds and 6 feet tall at birth and up and walking in about an hour.
The zoo said it will hold an online competition to name the baby giraffe once it’s born.
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