April the Giraffe's vet suggests movement for birthing

Posted March 20, 2017

Almost 100,000 people tuned-in last week to watch April the giraffe give birth to her fourth calf at a NY zoo, with movement by the baby in her belly visible on a livestream video.

Zookeepers say she could well be "talking" to her baby calf. That's a great sign and step in the right direction, according to her keepers.

"We have noted April's behavior the past hour and are watching closely", the zoo said in its update.

Watch the live stream below (NOTE: weather conditions may cause intermittent disruptions).

Meanwhile, the snowstorm that has forced April and her mate Oliver to stay inside dumped 3 feet of snow on the park, and the park thanked volunteers for helping them shovel all of that snow.

April is 15 years old and has previously birthed three calves; she has never lost a calf nor had a stillborn - an impressive run of reproductive success.

Millions of online followers have been tracking the progress of April, a pregnant giraffe at Animal Adventure Park, a zoo in Upstate New York.

This will be April's fourth calf and the first for the father, Oliver.

Last week, April's stomach swelled and there were "significant baby kicks from within", the zoo said, adding: "Allysa [head giraffe keeper at the zoo] reports the calf has mastered karate!"

Meanwhile, her devoted keeper has opened her heart and photo album to show the touching bond she has with the world's most famous mother-to-be. At birth it will weigh in at about 150 pounds and will stand at about 6' tall, Animal Adventure Park said.

Once the calf is born, the zoo will hold a contest to name it.