Giraffe watch: April's continued pregnancy not concerning, vet says

The Animal Adventure Park in Upstate New York says April is continuing to feast after several days with little appetite, and that her "udders are full".

For the many millions of internet viewers who are checking YouTube (or Live Science) daily to see if April the pregnant giraffe has had her calf, the vigil continues - when the sun rose this morning (April 3), the big-bellied giraffe was still pregnant. The video was initially removed after animal rights activists flagged the videos as "sexually explicit" before being restored. As of this writing, almost 450,000 people had subscribed to the digital feed on YouTube, while many others have been following it on Facebook and local news sites. Animal Adventure Park takes pride in their indoor housing and the level of enrichment and care to keep the giraffes happy and healthy.

Ricky Reilly, a 30-year-old musician based in New Hampshire, recently uploaded a YouTube video serenading April, the famously pregnant giraffe - and it's surprisingly catchy. Dean noted that April's pen looked nicely padded to cushion that drop. Almost 150,000 people have watched the giraffe's live stream. Labor lasts anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page covering April, the calf, and mate Oliver has raised $100,000 out of a goal of $50,000 and the park also received donations separately. An exact date and time of when April will be giving birth is still not known.

Meanwhile, a rare Rothschild's giraffe was born this week in Cheshire, England - a "precious moment" that was captured on CCTV, in what the Chester Zoo called "stunning" footage. "All signs are go".

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"I'm not too sure about that", said the keeper.

In the zoo's Thursday morning update, the zoo said April's physical development brought to mind an Ed Sheeran song. "We encourage you to shop NOW if you want April Gear before supply becomes backordered and the sale ends".

April's water source, enrichment, and solo hay feeder are out of sight of the camera view. "Typically a giraffe can eat up to 75lbs of food per day", said officials in the online post.

But the weekend passed with no hoax - and no baby.

The park also announced those who have signed up for the text message alert system will know the gender of the calf first.

  • Joanne Flowers