It's a boy! April the giraffe welcomes birth of calf

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 17, 2017

At the time of the birth, 1.25 million people were watching the livestream.

The wait for April to give birth raised global interest with a livestream leading up to the birth.

Now, the NY zoo is asking for the public's help to name the calf. Park officials said April has "recovered perfectly and is eating everything in sight". ABC7NY noted that April was pregnant for 16 months, just over the normal gestation time for a giraffe.

After those 10 days, the zoo will reveal the top 10 names and the public will come back and vote on those. The mama giraffe tenderly licked her calf, which began to slowly pick its head up from the floor of the pen.

April gave birth to a healthy male calf Saturday at the privately owned zoo near Binghamton, New York.

The park will hold a contest to name the baby giraffe. Her pregnancy lasted 15 months. About 45 minutes after he was born, he stood on wobbly legs while mom helped keep him steady. The calf was walking and nursing not long after its birth. "It's happening!" AAP owner Jordan Patch exuberantly announced at 7:29 a live video streaming on Facebook. The proud papa is a 5-year-old giraffe named Oliver.

"We have a baby boy; and he will need a name!" read a caption posted on the park's Facebook page. This is his first offspring.

Still a little unsteady on his feet, April's newborn calf takes his first steps.

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