April the Pregnant Giraffe Is in Great Shape

Posted March 14, 2017

Patch says that April's popularity can be credited to natural human curiosity over giraffe's childbirth, which can seldom be seen.

Nevertheless, April is in "great physical and mental condition", and the vets who have been monitoring her say they're pleased with her progression. Her partner, Oliver, is five years old and this will be his first calf.

But just as April's pregnancy appeared to be reaching its crescendo, the live stream went offline Tuesday morning - and then it was back up again.

April, the giraffe who's captivated millions of fans around the globe as they monitor her fourth pregnancy, will allow her caretakers to enter her pen, but at a price, the upstate NY zoo live-streaming her pen said. April, who's 15 years old, is having the baby with Oliver, a 5-year-old giraffe, according to Animal Adventure.

The little giraffe won't be all that little. 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 video which got 30 million views within 12 hours of broadcasting was pulled down by YouTube after several animal rights activists complained against the video being sexually explicit, containing nudity.

An exact date and time of when April will be giving birth is still not known, according to the zoo, which joked the vet had brought a "foolproof tool" - a Magic 8 ball - to determine the moment, but still got a "Cannot Predict Now" answer.

Even though April is a pseudo-celebrity, she does not appreciate the attention. On March 10, the zoo argued that April's zookeepers surprised her when her calf was vigorously kicking as if it was bound to kick out.

Once the calf is born, the zoo will hold a contest to name it. "It does not mean just because they bred, they conceived", Patch said.

A NY petting zoo is sharing the joy as they are expecting a baby giraffe to be born.

April, the pregnant giraffe is in great condition, being constantly monitored by zookeepers. Labor lasts anywhere from a few hours to a few days.