Wait continues for April the giraffe to give birth

Monday night, vets said that April's appetite remained "off", with the mom-to-be skipping most of her usual favorites, except for a carrot treat.

Animal Adventure Park provided an update on social media about the contractions that so many had observed.

April the giraffe is seen this photo posted on official Facebook page of Animal Adventure Park, New York, March 18, 2017.

The video stream initially launched in February and attracted moderate interest, but after a YouTube user flagged it for "sexual content" and nudity, the feed quickly went viral and generated a massive following. The team and vet were in communication regarding these and were documented throughout the night.

In case you missed it, Animal Adventure Park owner Jordan Patch offered a few updates and FAQ's on April last week. "Let's see if April's plan is to break up your work week!"

"A natural light cycle of the dusk and dawn may help entice/speed up labor [so] you will see us change our treat time and lights out routine to earlier in the day."

Both April and Oliver enjoyed outdoor time Sunday with April soaking in the sunshine and air from her doorway. 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.

When April goes into active labor, the baby's front hoofs will be the first to come out, followed by the snout, the zoo says.

Boy or girl, the calf is expected to weigh around 150 pounds (68 kilograms) and be about 6 feet (1.8 meters) tall at birth. April will raise her calf naturally, and weaning could take between 6-10 months, maybe longer. He won't take any part in rearing the calf, though.

April the giraffe defied popular opinion that she would give birth to her calf over the weekend, and kept millions of people across the world waiting a little bit longer.

In response to people asking the doctor if he can induce labor, Dr. Tim said no as inducing labor is not safe for big animals like giraffes.

Corey and fellow keeper Alyssa Swilley have formed an incredible bond with April.

This is 15-year-old April's fourth calf.

"April's website, aprilthegiraffe.com, includes a link for buying apparel from baby clothing to adult-sized hoodies imprinted with a giraffe's head and "#Aprils View Crew" along with the park's name and location.

"Thank you to the many that have signed on for text alerts for Labor & Baby Announcements".

  • Joanne Flowers