Buffalo Zoo Giraffe Keeper on April sensation
- Author: Joanne Flowers Apr 08, 2017,
Apr 08, 2017, 16:07
The park is home to the pregnant giraffe April, who is due to give birth any day now to her fourth calf.
Keepers at the Animal Adventure Park updated April's status Friday morning after she's begun eating again.
The pregnant giraffe at Animal Adventure Park had "quite an appetite" Thursday evening, a post on the park's Facebook page said.
April's vet says all the clinical signs that the giraffe would give birth at any time remained Sunday night.
'The world may be waiting for April the giraffe to have her calf over in America, but Orla has beaten her to it'.
More than 200,000 people were watching feverishly just before 10:15 a.m.as April stood under her sunlit windows, looking around her pen quietly before peering with interest outside. But that was resented by some animal activists who slammed the move and approached YouTube to suspend the live feed.
"Initially, when the camera went live back in the beginning of February, it was getting some viewership", park owner Jordan Patch said.
This will be April's 4th calf.
Is April actually in labor?
"I didn't know they hit the ground that way. Lol", said Beddie Smith, a viewer on the CBSDFW Facebook live feed.
The park also posted the following facts on their Facebook page. Fans of April the Giraffe are awaiting a similar tableau.
"No, she isn't late; no, she isn't overdue; no, I'm not concerned she is "taking so long", nor should you be", he said.
When giraffes are born, they usually weigh around 150 pounds and are 6 feet tall.
This is Animal Adventure's first giraffe calf. "Right now, we are working out in Africa on a conservation action plan to ensure that populations don't fall to an even more critical level".
He added that April's pregnancy is not just live entertainment, but a teachable moment and source for education.
The zoo's giraffe experts are part of an ongoing project in Uganda in Africa, which is aimed at helping and preserving the Rothschild's giraffe in the wild. By March 23, the park reported she had become notably slower, saying that April was "in the home stretch" of her pregnancy. Regarding the calf's gender, Animal Adventure Park said their ultrasound equipment could not determine if April the giraffe will be having a boy or a girl.