Sunday, 19 November, 2017

He's how tall? Birth stats out for April the giraffe's calf

In this image made from video provided by Animal Adventure Park in Binghamton N.Y. April the giraffe muzzles her new calf seconds after giving birth on Saturday April the Giraffe Finally Gave Birth To a Boy (VIDEO)
Edmund Wade | 21 April, 2017, 00:27

At least 1.2 million people watched the Adventure Park'sYouTube streaming of the event.

The proceeds from the contest will benefit the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, Animal Adventure Park and Ava's Little Heroes, a charity that helps families with medical expenses and is named after the zoo owners' daughter, who suffers from a rare form of epilepsy. According to April's official Twitter account, the baby weighed 129 pounds and measured 5 feet, 9 inches.

"April has recovered perfectly and is eating everything in sight!"

The birth of April's calf marks the first time a calf has been born at Animal Adventure Park. "Nursing strongly this morning without any concerns". People all over the world patiently tuned in for her birth, and on 7:00 a.m. ET, April 15, she began her labor and gave birth shortly before 10:00 a.m. ET. About 45 minutes after it was born, the calf stood on its wobbly legs for the first time while mom helped keep her baby steady. Mom and baby had a great day!

April gave birth to her fourth calf Saturday.

In this photo provided by Animal Adventure Park in Binghamton, N.Y., a giraffe named April licks her new calf on Saturday, April 15, 2017.

April is very protective of her handsome son, as many new mothers are wont to be. This is his first offspring.

April's pregnancy was catapulted into global headlines in late February after YouTube briefly yanked the zoo's live stream following complaints by animal activists that it violated the site's policies concerning "nudity and sexual content".

A Farmington, New Hampshire, songwriter even posted a music video on YouTube called, "I'm Going Crazy Waiting (For A Giraffe)".

April has her own website and even an apparel line. Their population has plunged from as many as 163,000 in 1985 to just over 97,000 previous year, International Union for Conservation of Nature reported.

You can follow the baby's progress there, and through regular text updates.

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