Watch live video of April the pregnant giraffe at Animal Adventure Park

Modesto Morganelli
Aprile 12, 2017

Zookeepers at Animal Adventure Park in NY might have gotten pregnant April the giraffes due date wrong and that's why did not start giving birth when some people claimed she would. The park says on Facebook they don't expect any further physical changes for April.

Or catch up on your April trivia, courtesy of Animal Adventure Park. April was elsewhere when she gave birth to her first three calves, and this one will be the Harpursville zoo's first giraffe calf. People who've visited the park in previous months knew of April's pregnancy and the park has been receiving inquiries about her giving birth. Moms will get very "Pacey" before and during birth.we will see if it is any indication as to what is to come. Commenters on the AAP Facebook page are starting to get annoyed that April the giraffe is providing the park and a leading kids' toy store with "a continuous marketing campaign that has lasted longer than anyone expected".

Giraffes are pregnant for 15 months, according to Animal Adventure Park.

April has been spending some time in the sun lately.

Giraffes are pregnant 13 to 15 months.

According to Patch, giraffes tend to hide signs of labor, but April the giraffe's "tentative due day was mid-February", hence the addition of the live-stream on February 10.

April the Giraffe
ANIMAL ADVENTURE PARK'April is reported to have her great demeanor this morning says park owner

Keepers continue to stress the fact that "there is no reason for worry about her or the calf's health". 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. Animal Adventure Park is now in its off-season so the park is closed to visitors. It can be anywhere from a slow trickle of liquid to a flow of mucus.

Why is April's mate, Oliver, kept separate from April? He or she will weigh around 150 pounds and will stand about 6 feet tall. Once her calf is born and she is done nursing it, he or she will move on to another facility as it's rare to keep family members together with fear of incest.

As April was heading back to her pen at the end of the day, keepers observed additional discharge and swelling.

The New York state zoo released a stunning picture of the 15-year-old mother to be outdoors under a clear blue sky on its Facebook page with a glowing report about her "great demeanour".

The zoo said it will hold an online competition to name the baby giraffe once it's born.

"We can not retain offspring, as it would lead to incestuous mating and undermine the genetics of the program and species", the zoo says.

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