April the Giraffe at Animal Adventure Park Gives Birth — Animal in Focus

April the Giraffe at Animal Adventure Park Gives Birth — Animal in Focus

Animal Adventure Park has finally been able to welcome their newest addition after months of waiting, April’s calf.Animal Adventure Park is a privately owned zoo in Harpursville about 130 miles (209 kilometers) northwest of New York City.Animal Adventure Park posted on its Facebook page today that the calf weighs 58.5 kg and stands 1.75 m tall.Seconds after birth, April tenderly licked her calf, which began to slowly pick his head up from the floor of the pen. According to Google, April’s stream received over 232 million live views, which added up to 7.6 billion minutes of live watch-time. Now, Animal Adventure Park wants you to help name the calf.Some got political, with one noting that while more than a million people “watched the birth of a precious animal…the Trump boys would shoot them both for sport”.He was born on 2.55pm BST on Saturday in Animal Adventure Park, New York. Those have included a parody of the live-stream by a pregnant woman, a day-by-day analysis of pregnancy signs, baby showers for April, and people anxiously awaiting the big event. But it turns out baby giraffe’s births are about as unpredictable as some elections we may or may not still be reeling from – because although April was exhibiting signs of labor, it took a full two months more for her baby to hit the scene. These numbers made the arrival one of the top five most-watched moments for a live event ever on YouTube.”We’re going to see that baby and mom really develop a lovely bond”, Patch said.April has her own website and even an apparel line.The wait for April to give birth raised global interest with a livestream leading up to the birth. A GoFundMe fundraiser page that initially set a goal of $50,000 sat at more than $134,000 by Saturday night.The newborn is April’s fourth calf but Animal Adventure Park’s first giraffe calf.As quite expected, the baby’s front hooves came out first, followed by the snout.The zoo is holding a contest to name the baby, charging $1 per vote, with proceeds being split among wild giraffe conservation efforts, zoo upgrades and support for families of children experiencing unexpected medical expenses.

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