April the Giraffe in Animal Adventure Park Regains Appetite as Labor Nears


April is in the same condition as yesterday, zookeepers at Animal Adventure posted on their Facebook page.

The baby watch for April the giraffe in Animal Adventure Park is getting closer to the end as the pregnant giraffe shows more sign of easing into labor. So, Helms says they "hoofed it" over to the giraffe exhibit where she took out her phone just in time to see the giraffe's water break and catch the birth on camera. "We continue to watch and wait".

The Ballones say that they hope to open their inn here at the Catskill Game Farm by Spring of 2018 and they hope to open it up under the name the long neck inn for the giraffes that used to live here. In a sign that the famous animal is finally ready to give birth, her diet habits have shifted from qualifying as a picky eater of grain and hay to a pregnant female with a substantial appetite, reported Fox News 8.

"We can not retain offspring, as it would lead to incestuous mating and undermine the genetics of the program and species", the zoo said. Zoo officials are expecting the calf to have a weight of 150 pounds and a height of 6 feet, which will be up and walking in about an hour.

The calf is the second Rothschild's giraffe to be born at the zoo in the space of just four months, following the arrival of male Murchison on Boxing Day.

More than 135,000 people were tuned into the live stream shortly before 8 a.m. Friday as April twitched her tail, pacing around in her pen, head to the ground. "We will get to see the giraffes' response today!"

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There's been a lot of speculation of how long April has been in labor and if she's actually contracting.

Temperatures at the Adventure Park warmed enough to let the giraffes go outside.

In an April 7 update, the animal park also added that April's udders are full.

When will the baby giraffe be able to walk?

Veterinarians at Animal Adventure Park has been posting daily updates on their Facebook page.

The live stream of April and her impending delivery is still a popular attraction on many web sites. So because of fears of inbreeding, the calf will be relocated to another facility once the weaning process is over. "Giraffes spend nearly their entire day (16-20 hours a day) eating!"