Local animal cams available as nation awaits giraffe birth

Giraffe in Taronga Zoo
Local animal cams available as nation awaits giraffe birth
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01 April, 2017

"We would be shocked to get through the weekend without our newest addition", Jordan Patch wrote in his daily update on Animal Adventure's Facebook page update.

Patch said park officials called in a doctor because April had "progressed significantly overnight".

Jordan Patch, the owner of the private zoo in upstate NY that April calls home, maintains to Inside Edition that April's pregnancy is not a hoax.

She has not gone into active labor yet, but when the "countdown to calf" began two days ago, we started perking up waiting for the next update and it has arrived.

Animal Adventure Park now has sponsors and has April the giraffe apparels for sale.

Much like long breaks between seasons of your favorite show or with long-running government operations, speculation and theories often have time to percolate.

April the Giraffe is close to giving birth.

Watch the live stream below.

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April obtained celebrity status last month when Animal Adventure Park launched a live stream on YouTube to let the world watch her give birth - and then someone reported the feed to YouTube for "sexually explicit" content with nudity.

April the giraffe is getting ready to give birth to her fourth calf and some people are having trouble with the live cam feed on YouTube.

April's udder changes have been significant in recent days, and keepers say udder development "occurs, generally, just prior to birthing". Once the calf comes out, April will raise the calf, with weaning that could take between six to 10 months, or longer.

Why is April's mate, Oliver, kept separate from April?

Once in full labor, she could deliver in an hour or less, Patch said. "The giraffe yard, it's not safe yet", he said.

Her behavior and appetite were "on point" as she moved toward labor, the zoo said earlier this week.

Some fans, however, are growing exhausted of waiting for the 15-year-old April to deliver. This is the zoo's first giraffe calf.

When it's born, he or she will weigh around 150 pounds and will be about 6′ tall! After all, the giraffe's name is also April.


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