HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. — April the giraffe was moving “noticeably slower at breakfast” Thursday morning as keepers at Animal Adventure Park–and the rest of the world–waits for the birth of her calf.
Animal Adventure Park began streaming on Feb. 23 on YouTube showing April preparing to give birth, drawing worldwide attraction. The video was initially removed after animal rights activists flagged the videos as “sexually explicit” before being restored.
The 15-year-old is expecting her fourth calf. The gestation period for giraffes is 15 months. Park staff is unable to provide an exact date and time of when April will give birth.
The baby giraffe is expected to be 150 pounds and six feet tall when it’s born. The front hooves will come out first followed by the snout. April will naturally raise the calf, with weaning taking between 6 and 10 months, maybe longer.
The Animal Adventure Park posted the following update Thursday morning on its Facebook page:
“April was notably slower moving this morning at breakfast. Wax caps are still present and her back end swell (as you can see) continues to be significant. Belly growth from last week to this week is still mind blowing – she has to fit a 6′, 150# calf somewhere!
The twin goats born late last night are doing great and have been confirmed 1 boy and 1 girl.”
The Zoo posted this update to their Facebook page Wednesday night:
“April continues to be herself – though a bit moody end of day but the vet reported a happy girl earlier this afternoon. As you can see from the cam, her back end is huge, tail is up, aaaannnddd we wait!
Today brought many developments!
We are so excited to announce some amazing partnerships! As you can see, Toys R Us, has joined forces and done some amazing this for conservation. Stay tuned tomorrow for potentially life changing news for wild giraffes!”