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All These Giraffes Were Born While We've Been Watching April The Giraffe

Arthur Frazier | 10 April, 2017, 02:32

Most viral sensations come and go but April the giraffe is different.

The world has been waiting on April to have her calf at Animal Adventure Park in NY.

April's handlers said Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" has been playing on repeat in their heads as they monitor April's development. Behavior was very typical at first, but shifted during Allysa's time with her.

Animal Adventure Park also announced Saturday that their text alert system, which will provide updates from labor to May 31, is ready for viewers to subscribe. Well, apparently we all jumped the gun on 'imminent birth'. I don't know who won and I couldn't even begin to make a predictive bracket for any sport.

By Friday morning, April had finished all the prior night's grain and was still chomping away, the zoo said.

While the world's most-followed and sensationalized giraffe, April, has not given birth yet, it is suspected that the animal will soon deliver her calf sired by her partner, Oliver. He added that he could not induce labor as it may endanger both April and her calf, so everyone must be patient and wait until we see hooves coming out of April's rear.

Watch the live stream here.

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They noted that the left side appeared to have something sticking out. It's unclear why this particular giraffe has captured the attention of the world, especially when several other zoos have successfully birthed giraffe calves in recent months without all the hype and attention.

Mom will naturally raise the calf on her own, and weaning could take between six to 10 months, maybe even longer - the zoo says it won't rush the process. Once weaning is over, the baby giraffe will move on to another facility to start a breeding program there. Animal Adventure Park officials can not retain offspring, as it would lead to incestuous mating and undermine the genetics of the program and species. However, there are also reports that giraffe pregnancies and births.in general, are something that veterinarians haven't studied deeply so predicting the actual due date for April is very tricky.

But after the zoo urged commenters to voice their frustrations - and thousands did - YouTube restored the stream within an hour.

The park is not sure when April will give birth.

While there have been some movement and many updates, April the giraffe remains one big, pregnant tease.

The Chester Zoo went live with their giraffe's birth. but only watch if you've got a strong stomach.

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