'Significant change' could mean April's birth may be soon

Friday, 07 Apr, 2017

Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page covering April, the calf, and mate Oliver has raised $100,000 out of a goal of $50,000 and the park also received donations separately. The calf, which will be the first born at Animal Adventure Park, will be about 150 pounds and 6 feet tall at birth and up and walking in about an hour.

Zookeepers at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York said Monday night was another long night as they wait for April the Giraffe to decide just when to have her calf.

For the many millions of internet viewers who are checking YouTube (or Live Science) daily to see if April the pregnant giraffe has had her calf, the vigil continues - when the sun rose this morning (April 3), the big-bellied giraffe was still pregnant.

"It was still at first, but she licked and nuzzled him until he was able to work at standing", she told FOX 13 Tampa.

Her body/belly is much less beach balled, as the bulges have streamlined.

Giraffe moms are usually pregnant for 15 months.

Watch a stream of April's pen below or join the conversation and catch the stream on the WTHR Facebook page!

Jordan Patch, owner of the Animal Adventure Park, says the natural curiosity surrounding giraffes and their birthing process has been a huge factor in drawing crowds.

Turns out she's a local girl and got her start here at a place that might look very familiar, the Catskill Game Farm.

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Wondering what to expect when it's time for April's calf to join us? "Perhaps suggesting a new position of calf.we hope for launch sequence!" the Facebook post said.

Their Thursday morning update was brief, focusing on April's shape.

When April is in active labor, her tail will raise up from the base, making a rounded hump.

Giraffes are masters at hiding their labor so predators in the wild won't target their newborns.

Avid watchers have been understanding of the 'unpredictability.' "I predict she will give birth...when she's ready and not a minute sooner".

So, we've compiled a few baby giraffe facts that will help you get to know the young calf as it grows.

Male giraffes don't take part in raising their off-spring.

Giraffes can use their strong hoofs to defend themselves and those antennae-looking things on their heads are called ossicones.