Tuesday, 22 August, 2017

Another Missing Puzzle Piece Added to April the Giraffe's Mysterious Pregnancy

Tracy Craig | 08 April, 2017, 07:42

On Sunday night, officials said the giraffe is not overdue and there are no concerns that she has yet to give birth. For the past month, fans have been eagerly watching a live video feed from April's stall, hoping to see the baby's arrival in real time.

Animal Adventure Park, the upstate NY zoo live-streaming the giraffe's fourth pregnancy for tens of millions of worldwide admirers, says yes.

In previous Facebook posts, keepers chronicled significant developments that led them to believe the birth was nearing.

As of Wednesday morning, zookeepers report she has full udders.

While some have sought to focus on if she's having contractions or whether the baby is kicking, giraffe guru Allison Dean revealed that when April is in active labor, viewers will see her tail raise up to form a rounded hump.

April has remained off grain, the zoo said, and turns up her nose at lettuce, but still won't turn down a Dr. Tim carrot treat. Whalen said the park also has received separate donations, but she said she didn't know how much.

The park also announced those who have signed up for the text message alert system will know the gender of the calf first. No, watching after April is not my only job. The camera was back up soon after. By March 23, the park reported she had become notably slower, saying that April was "in the home stretch" of her pregnancy.

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In videos posted on the park's Facebook page this week, Patch has said that he's been busy tending to his 200-plus other animals and that the flood of emails has become "so overbearing" that he's asking people to stop sending them.

Five days later there were signs of progress, but still no sign of April's giraffe calf.

A baby giraffe stays close to its mother. On average, giraffes are pregnant for 15 months.

As the nation anxiously awaits the birth of April the giraffe's baby, we get a glimpse of where April herself was born.

The little giraffe won't be all that little.

An eight-year-old giraffe named Orla gave birth to a five-foot-tall Rothschild's giraffe calf after a four-hour labor on Monday, The Chester Zoo in Chester, U.K., said in a statement. But that was resented by some animal activists who slammed the move and approached YouTube to suspend the live feed. Once the calf begins to show, it should be out in under an hour.

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