Thursday, 25 May, 2017

April the giraffe welcomes baby

Madeline Patrick | 17 April, 2017, 05:34

It is April's fourth offspring.

The park will reveal the top 10 names at the end of the first part of the contest.

For over two months now, so many of us have been focusing a frankly ridiculous amount of attention on a pregnant giraffe living in a NY zoo. April has her own website and even a clothing line. Unlike humans, giraffes are pregnant for up to 15 months! Zoo owner Jordan Patch said both mom and calf were doing fine.

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Geils lived in Groton for over three decades, and his love for the town has led to Groton, in 2007, designating December 1 as "J". Geils was found unresponsive at his home in Groton, Massachusetts, around 4 p.m. on April 11, the Daily Mail reported .

According to The Associated Press, at least 1.2 million people watched the event on Animal Adventure Park's YouTube page. The calf's father, Oliver, who watched the birth from an adjacent pen, is a first-time father at the age of 5. People around the world have been tuning in daily, with some growing impatient as the pregnancy seemed to drag on. Newborn giraffes generally weigh about 150 pounds (68.04 kilograms) and are about 6 feet (1.83 meters) tall at birth.

Almost five millions viewers a day were watching the livestream at its peak, The New York Times reported. Apparently male giraffes are only into fighting and mating. While many people thought that April was preggers for longer than that, it turns out that the zoo's owner admitted that they were wrong on April's conception timeline, which means they were wrong on when April would be giving birth. After the baby has naturally weaned, the calf will eventually be moved to a new facility to begin a breeding program at that new facility. Animal Adventure is now closed. Neither have we (probably because it only has 3,543 residents), but it's 15 minutes outside of Binghamton, New York.

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