Vets say April the giraffe's birth imminent

Keepers said all observations and behavior indicate the calf will be born Friday.

According to Dr. Tim, April the giraffe's veterinarian, "It was clear to all watching, the evening keeper check was cut short by April".

The Animal Adventure Park in upstate NY began live streaming from the pregnant Giraffe's barn on February 24, and at any given time, there are thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands of people watching her every move.

She has not gone into active labor yet, but when the "countdown to calf" began two days ago, we started perking up waiting for the next update and it has arrived.

Animal Adventures says they have a back-up plan and will go live from their Facebook page of the feed. "It should not be much longer!" The venue came under fire after gaining attention with its giraffe live stream, causing the live stream to be temporarily shut down. People who've visited the park in previous months knew of April's pregnancy and the park has been receiving inquiries about her giving birth.

We love watching April bump heads with the father of her calf, like we loved watching young National Zoo panda Bei Bei snooze on top of her mom, like we love watching bears catching salmon in an Alaska national park.

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April's behavior continues to be good, if somewhat moody, and she has kept viewers at home as well as keepers on the edge of their seats. "Keep April and our team in your positive thoughts". It'll be the first for her mate Oliver.

Giraffes can be in labor anywhere from hours to a full day. Male giraffes also are not part of the child rearing process.

Once the calf is born, the zoo will hold a contest to name it. He said if they can get it set up soon, that fans will be able to sign up for notifications when April is set to deliver.

How long has April been with Animal Adventure Park? This is the zoo's first giraffe calf.

Not yet. When the baby does arrive, it will be 150 pounds and 6 feet tall.

  • Ismael Montgomery