Published: Fri, April 07, 2017
Health Care | By Kelly Miles

Giraffe watch: April's continued pregnancy not concerning, vet says

Giraffe watch: April's continued pregnancy not concerning, vet says

Meanwhile, the world waits for April the pregnant giraffe to give birth in upstate NY.

In previous Facebook posts, keepers chronicled significant developments that led them to believe the birth was nearing.

Sunday morning morning, keepers reported "increased discharge, continued lack of interest in food, full udders". Yes, she will have this calf when she is good and ready.

This will be Animal Adventure Park's first giraffe calf. Yes, we have been watching her for a very long time. enjoy the free show people.

And keepers are also celebrating the birth of a critically-endangered Bornean orangutan - the first of its kind to be born there in nearly a decade.

Needless to say, all this attention has been a major boon for the Animal Adventure Park, which is selling April-related souvenirs on its website, including T-shirts that read "April's View Crew" and "Push, April, Push". But the animal park's social media person is probably very happy. Thousands of fans have kept watch over live webcam footage chronicling April's every move.

Giraffe moms are usually pregnant for 15 months.

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April has captured the hearts of millions since she became the star of her very own live stream, hoping to capture the moment she finally gives birth to her already infamous offspring.

"After much discussion, we have decided the initial gender reveal will be made via our text alert system as soon as gender is observed post-birth", staffers wrote on Facebook Monday.

Temperatures at the Adventure Park warmed enough to let the giraffes go outside. There's no way of nailing down an exact due date, but the park first predicted it would've been around the February 10, 2017 time frame - when they launched the live cam.

When giraffes are born, they usually weigh around 150 pounds and are 6 feet tall.

The little giraffe won't be all that little.

The feed was earlier removed by YouTube after it was labeled sexually explicit.

Even though many predictions about when April will go into labor have been thrown out the window, Dr. Tim, the veterinarian caring for the world-famous giraffe, says he isn't anxious her time hasn't come yet. Patch blamed "a handful of extremists and animal rights activists" for the interruption.

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