We really mean it: April could give birth today
- Author: Marjorie Miles Apr 01, 2017,
Apr 01, 2017, 1:31
Keepers said all observations and behavior indicate the calf will be born Friday.
"Both Animal Adventure Park and Toys "R" Us have the common goal of bringing awareness to the plight of the giraffe as well as the need to create a sustainable future for them", the Facebook post stated.
This is what we have all been waiting for!
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 FINALLY having that baby!" Good Morning America even has a live stream up and running.
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.
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Friday could finally be the day that the beloved animal gives birth to her calf.
This will be April's fourth calf and the first for the father, Oliver.
April has developed a following since the zoo initially began live streaming her preparing to give birth on February 23. "Keep April and our team in your positive thoughts". Weaning could take between 6-10 months, maybe longer. We've seen her act with affection to her mate Oliver. Male giraffes, called bulls, really only care about two things, the zoo says: "fighting and the unmentionable". Bulls take no part in rearing young. This is the zoo's first giraffe calf. The front hooves will reportedly come out first subsequently followed by the snout.
Once the calf is born and the sex is determined, Animal Adventures will post a contest announcement on their social media platforms where you can submit your name suggestions. He and park staff have been with the giraffe all morning.
Animal Adventure Park is now in its off-season and the park is closed to visitors.