Park Says Giraffe Showing More Signs Of Impending Calf Delivery

A GoFundMe page set up for April, giraffe father Oliver and their calf has raised more than $100,000 out of a goal of $50,000. Patch explained that it's not very likely that you will be able to tell April's labor until you see an actual hoof begin to poke out of her rear-end.

In its latest Facebook post, entitled "Shape of You", Animal Adventure Park, the upstate NY zoo live-streaming the giraffe's fourth pregnancy for tens of millions of worldwide admirers, said April's physical development brought to mind an Ed Sheeran song. Her soaring popularity has become a topic of conversation, especially when another animal facility's giraffe gives birth.

Another day outside and we expect more time tomorrow!

In videos posted on the park's Facebook page this week, Patch has said that he's been busy tending to his 200-plus other animals and that the flood of emails has become "so overbearing" that he's asking people to stop sending them.


April is still as cute as ever and we are still on baby watch. "Perhaps suggesting a new position of calf...we hope for launch sequence!" He added that it will only endanger the life of both the mother and the calf, so instead of rushing, all of us just have to wait for the right time when they are both perfectly ready. The calf will weigh around 150 pounds and be approximately 6-feet-tall at birth.

Over the weekend, Animal Adventure Park has already started their text alert system, which, as NBC New York reported, costs $4.99, exclusive of messaging fees.

Why is April's mate, Oliver, kept separate from April? "You seem to have been watching one giving birth for weeks now and then this one just pops out in Chester".

Once the calf is born, there will be a contest to name it.


April's water source, enrichment, and solo hay feeder are out of sight of the camera view.

Male giraffes don't take part in raising their off-spring.

When April is in active labor, her tail will raise up from the base, making a rounded hump. And on Monday, the park announced that subscribers will also be the first to know if April's army should be knitting a pink or blue scarf for baby's long neck.



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