It's been weeks since the buzz started over pregnant giraffe April, whose live stream at a NY park caused millions of people the world to make checking into her live stream as much a habit as they would checking email. We would be shocked to get through the weekend without our newest addition.
This is what we have all been waiting for!
"We are in the home stretch", Animal Adventure Park said. "It should not be much longer!"
Doctors have been called in to April the Giraffe's barn and people around the world are all waiting for the same thing: a baby giraffe! The venue came under fire after gaining attention with its giraffe live stream, causing the live stream to be temporarily shut down. Four hours later, almost 200,000 watched as April calmly flicked her tongue while her beau Oliver stood in the background. But while the mammary change could suggest that her delivery time was approaching nearer, April's keepers did not report signs of active labor.
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Waxy plugs on the tips of April's teats hint that she may be close to delivering her calf. Animal Adventure felt this was a good way to keep those who wanted to follow along with April informed.
April has been with Animal Adventure Park since September 2015 and this is her first calf birth at the park.
Once the calf is born, there will be a contest to name it.
The Animal Adventure Park began live streaming from April's enclosure on February 23 in anticipation of the new calf's birth. Bulls take no part in rearing young. You can get there by visiting the April The Giraffe website and following the link that says, "Watch The Giraffe Cam".
When April's calf is eventually born, it will stand at 6-feet-all and weight 150 pounds.