GIRAFFE WATCH: Vets say April's body continues to prepare for calf

CHESTER, UK (CBS4) – A zoo in England has welcomed a baby giraffe.
CCTV captures the beautiful moment giraffe at UK zoo gives birth – and her calf's first steps
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08 April, 2017

The zoo has also launched a GoFundMe campaign to offset the annual care of the giraffes and has also established a website for April.

"Keepers report is that April has consumed all of last evening's grain offering, and continues to eat her hay", the zoo reported Friday. "This is not a bad thing, just adds another piece to our puzzle", the zoo said in its nightly Facebook update.

The park at the center of the giraffe live birth viral sensation says that they still expect a delivery 'very soon'. "Who knows and here is to hoping". She was very "with it" but then became very distracted and as Corey put it, "would have walked right through me".

"April's website, aprilthegiraffe.com, includes a link for buying apparel from baby clothing to adult-sized hoodies imprinted with a giraffe's head and "#Aprils View Crew" along with the park's name and location.

However, April's many anxious fans can now subscribe to receive text alerts when April goes into labor - and for the first disclosure of whether the newborn is male or female.

The giraffes have some of the biggest pens in the nation (square foot per animal).

When the giraffe is ready to give birth, she will do so standing in her stall.

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When April goes into active labor, the baby's front hoofs will be the first to come out, followed by the snout, the zoo says. "Yes, she will have this calf when she is good and ready", the veterinarian said. Once her calf is born and she is done nursing it, he or she will move on to another facility as it's rare to keep family members together with fear of incest. No, I can not induce her, nor should we want to.

The heavily pregnant giraffe enjoyed being outdoors a bit Wednesday. Thousands upon thousands of commenters voiced their frustration on Facebook and YouTube, and the stream was restored within an hour or so.

Giraffes are pregnant for 15 months, according to Animal Adventure Park.

"The gestation on giraffes can vary quite a lot". We've got to stand tall for these wonderful animals. But he reminds that pregnancy is not being made a live entertainment, but it is a source for education.

Zookeepers say that Orla delivered her new addition smoothly following a four-hour labor after her 15-month pregnancy.

They only need to drink water once every few days since they are hydrated by the leaves.


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