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‘April The Giraffe’ Becomes Popular Online with Live Video from Animal Adventure Park
‘April the Giraffe’ has become popular online as Animal Adventure Park, the home of giraffe since September 2015, shared her live video on social media. April is 15 years old and with proper care, she can live for many years to come. Animal experts and staff taking care of April informed that she can give birth to healthy calves in coming years as she is fit and healthy. Animal Adventure Park officials informed that once April is done with nursing her calf, they will be separated.
Recently, April has been in labor and Animal Adventure Park started live streaming on Thursday night. The feed was removed from social media after animal rights activists flagged it as ‘sexually explicit material’. However, Animal Adventure Park issued an update on April’s condition and went live once again. More than 60,000 people were watching live video feed on Monday.
April is still not in active labor. Experts closely monitoring her informed that they have noticed big baby kicks.
As per USA Today report, “Giraffe's instinctively hide their labor for however long it's lasting in order to not draw attention from predators who will wait out a giraffe's labor in order to attack once the calf is born.”
The update posted by Animal Adventure Park on Monday said, “Keeper's report is all is well in the barn. April is eating breakfast this morning and body condition remains as day prior. Continued movement of baby inside, and big baby kicks, are noticeably obvious. Through the evening April had to find her right positioning to feel comfortable to lay down, which is evidence of continued growth and position change of the calf. Do not be concerned, it is natural and worked out by mom on her own.”
While April is 15 years old, she mated with a five-years old male Oliver. While April has given birth to three calves earlier as well, this will be first calf of the male. Giraffe pregnancy lasts nearly 15 months. April’s fourth calf is likely to weigh around 150 pounds and measure close to six feet tall.
The zoo officials informed that the cameras positioned by Harpursville’s Animal Adventure Park will show the entire process.
Giraffes do not have specific mating seasons, so calves can be born at any point throughout the year. Mother giraffes remain standing during birth, which causes the calf, or rarely twin calves, to fall almost 6 feet to the ground. The calves are able to stand and run within an hour of being born. This is vital because there are many predators in their habitat, including lions, hyenas and leopards.
Animal Adventure Park has released interesting information about giraffes.
The calf will weigh around 150lb and will be about 6' tall at birth.
The front hooves will come out first followed by the snout.
Mom will naturally raise the calf, with weaning could take between 6-10 months, maybe longer. We will not rush this process – it is just a documented range of captive weaning.
Once the calf is born, we will have a contest to name it.
The keepers will go in with April, clean her pen, give her treats (but not Oliver). He is a bull - and a bull is a bull is a bull!
Giraffes are pregnant for 15 months
Upon naturally weaning, the calf will move on to another facility to start a breeding program there. We cannot retain offspring, as it would lead to incestuous mating and undermine the genetics of the program and species.
Those "things" on their heads are called ossicones.
Bulls (male giraffes) only really care about two things- fighting and the unmentionable....
Oliver may share space with April, but for short periods. Bulls take no part in rearing young.
They eat hay and specialized giraffe diet but love romaine lettuce and carrot treats.