Published: Mon, April 17, 2017
Business | By Sandy Mccarthy

It's a boy! April the giraffe's calf is male

It's a boy! April the giraffe's calf is male

After months of waiting for Animal Adventure Park's famed April the giraffe to give birth to her fourth calf, the world was blessed, via live-stream from upstate NY, with an introduction to the proud mama's wobbly newborn at around 9:55 a.m. on April 15. The giraffe is a member of the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, some 200 miles away from NY.

Giraffes have one of the longest gestation periods of any animal, about 15 months. The staff at the Animal Adventure Park are excited for the new addition to their zoo family. The proud papa is a 5-year-old giraffe named Oliver.

The private NY zoo whose pregnant giraffe became an internet sensation says April the giraffe's newborn calf is a male. The zoo is also planning on a naming contest for their newest addition. At the time of the birth, 1.25 million people were watching the livestream.

The privately owned zoo began livestreaming from April's enclosure in February and people around the world have been tuning in daily.

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If you remember, a live video feed of a very pregnant April was started back in February. The longneck has her own Twitter account and website, and has managed to raise $125,000 (118,000 euros) on her GoFundMe fundraiser page, which is meant to be used for the care of the animals. A competition will be held to decide on a name for the calf. Newborn giraffes generally weigh about 150 pounds (68.04 kilograms) and are about 6 feet (1.83 meters) tall at birth.

A zoo spokesperson says the delivery could take all day Saturday. It is now closed and will open to the public in mid-May.

Buzzfeed News has isolated the exact moment of birth and it can be viewed below.

Animal Adventure is in rural Harpursville, New York.

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