HARPURSVILLE, New York — After months of watching, April the Giraffe gave birth to her calf Saturday morning in front of an online audience of more than a million viewers
April, 15, delivered her calf shortly after 10 a.m. in her pen at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York.
April had the baby with Oliver, a 5-year-old giraffe, according to Animal Adventure. This is Oliver’s first calf, but April knows the drill – this is her fourth.
More than 20,000 people watched the ABC11 Facebook live video of April’s delivery. Animal Adventure Park began livestreaming from April’s enclosure in February, garnering hundreds of thousands of views daily.
April has been pregnant for 15 months, the normal gestation time for a giraffe. When she finally gave birth, her calf’s front hooves came out first, followed by the snout. He or she likely weighs around 150lb and will stand at 6′ tall.
April will raise her calf naturally, and weaning could take between 6-10 months, maybe longer. Oliver, however, will not assist in raising the calf.