HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. — Zookeepers at Animal Adventure Park say April the giraffe’s pregnancy is moving along and believes the countdown is on!
Animal Adventure Park began streaming on Feb. 23 on YouTube showing April preparing to give birth, drawing attention worldwide. An exact date and time of when April will be giving birth is still not known.
This will be April’s fourth calf and the first for the father, Oliver. Giraffes are pregnant for around 15 months, according to the page. The calf will weigh around 150 pounds and be approximately 6 feet tall at birth.
The video was initially removed after animal rights activists flagged the videos as “sexually explicit” before being restored.
Once the calf is born, the zoo will hold a contest to name it.
As of Wednesday morning, more than 137,000 people were on the live stream.
The Animal Adventure Park posted on Facebook Wednesday that they “have discharge that would suggest the countdown to calf has begun.”
The post reads:
We will not confirm active labor, but we do have discharge that would suggest the count down to calf has begun! Mammary development is on point and picture is in comments. We will keep everyone posted throughout the day with developments. Our team and Vet are on standby. We could be hours away or days – so do not stop your day – but certainly don’t stop watching!