April the Giraffe Is Helping Toys 'R' Us Break the Internet

Zookeepers at Animal Adventure Park in NY might have gotten pregnant April the giraffes due date wrong and that's why did not start giving birth when some people claimed she would.

Keepers were also able to "get hands on the belly and make "contact with baby" on Thursday, despite April appearing to be 'on edge".

As weeks have passed and April still has yet to give birth, the number of people watching Animal Adventure Park's "Giraffe Cam" on YouTube has steadily climbed, with as many as 250,000 people tuning in at any given time, even in the middle of the night.

The park at the center of the giraffe live birth viral sensation says that they still expect a delivery 'very soon'.

Tuesday, 2 On Your Side's Ron Plants spoke with one of the giraffe keepers about April's online saga and giraffe pregnancy in general. "We continue to watch and wait". "Perhaps suggesting a new position of calf...we hope for launch sequence!" Labor lasts anywhere from a few hours to a few days. No, I can not induce her, nor should we want to. This is the zoo's first giraffe calf.

Well, according to Animal Planet, a giraffe calf is usually born weighing between 100 and 150 pounds, measuring in at 6 feet tall.

Meanwhile, a rare Rothschild's giraffe was born this week in Cheshire, England - a "precious moment" that was captured on CCTV, in what the Chester Zoo called "stunning" footage.

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Needless to say, all this attention has been a major boon for the Animal Adventure Park, which is selling April-related souvenirs on its website, including T-shirts that read "April's View Crew" and "Push, April, Push".

On average, the gestation period for giraffes is 13 to 15 months.

"Conspiracy theory: What if the giraffe isn't pregnant and it's just an APRIL fools prank", one naysayer wrote on Twitter.

April is 15. This will be her fourth calf. We've got to stand tall for these unbelievable animals. The park blamed the removal on animal rights activists who oppose zoos. Male giraffes also are not part of the child rearing process.

A baby giraffe stays close to its mother.

Veterinarians at Animal Adventure Park has been posting daily updates on their Facebook page. "Giraffes spend nearly their entire day (16-20 hours a day) eating!"

  • Marjorie Miles