Giraffe watch: April's baby repositioning
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 8:09
Keepers said they think her behavior early Thursday indicated the baby was moving into a position for birth.
Some viewers got excited Saturday when both a veterinarian and the park owner visited April, but the zoo said it was just a checkup.
Watch the live stream below (NOTE: weather conditions are causing intermittent disruptions).
Zoo officials say they will only announce that April has gone into labor when calf hooves are visible.
Almost 90,000 people were watching April as the sun beamed Sunday morning. She then began to nibble at and lick the wood divider for a few moments before taking a drink of water.
Meanwhile, the snowstorm that has forced April and her mate Oliver to stay inside dumped 3 feet of snow on the park, and the park thanked volunteers for helping them shovel all of that snow. Thousands upon thousands of commenters voiced their frustration on Facebook and YouTube, and the stream was restored within an hour or so.
Millions of online followers have been tracking the progress of April, a pregnant giraffe at Animal Adventure Park, a zoo in Upstate New York.
Giraffe pregnancies last up to 15 months.
April the giraffe may also lose her appetite before going into labor, which is another thing to look out for over the next few days. At birth it will weigh in at about 150 pounds and will stand at about 6' tall, Animal Adventure Park said.
The giraffe, who is 15 years old, became an internet sensation in February after the zoo set up a live stream for people to watch her giving birth to her calf.