Published: Sat, April 08, 2017
Health Care | By Kelly Miles

Rare baby giraffe born at England zoo

Rare baby giraffe born at England zoo

The now famous April the Giraffe may now be living at the Animal Adventure Park just outside of Binghamton but did you know that she got her start right here in the Catskills?

Orla's keeper appeared on This Morning where she made a bold claim about April, who is being looked after at the Animal Adventure Park in upstate NY.

"Both Animal Adventure Park and Toys "R" Us have the common goal of bringing awareness to the plight of the giraffe as well as the need to create a sustainable future for them", the Facebook post stated.

Stacey Helms said she was at the zoo with her grandson to see the LEGO sculptures when they heard over a park employee's walkie talkie that a giraffe was about to give birth.

Here we are, a week later, and still no giraffe from April. Onlookers and Zoo Keepers watched the birth.

"We can not retain offspring, as it would lead to incestuous mating and undermine the genetics of the program and species", the zoo says.

The Memphis Zoo also welcomed a baby giraffe this week. 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. "Typically a giraffe can eat up to 75lbs of food per day", said officials in the online post.

Since the privately owned zoo's giraffe cam began live-streaming video from April's enclosure last month, the feed has totaled more than 15 million views on YouTube as people around the world check on the status of April's 15-month pregnancy.

The zoo has also launched a GoFundMe campaign to offset the annual care of the giraffes and has also established a website for April.

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The following update was published on Animal Adventure Park's Facebook page Monday: "This morning keeper report is no interest in grain and only smelling lettuce treats".

"Please April for my own sanity have this baby soon", wrote one dedicated viewer on Facebook.

"He was so cute with his little ears, so yeah, I was so glad we got to see it", Helms said.

A baby giraffe stays close to its mother.

A website capitalized on the video outage with a fake April Fools' Day story that claimed zoo officials admitted April was a male giraffe named Greg.

Veterinarians at Animal Adventure Park has been posting daily updates on their Facebook page.

It appears April has always had a loving, motherly side to her, although it was hardly in question.

The baby giraffe should be able to walk anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour after birth.

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