Animal Adventure Park via CNN
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 16, 2017,
Apr 16, 2017, 4:30
April the pregnant giraffe is finally April the no-longer-pregnant giraffe, after the star of the online world's favorite livestream finally gave birth in the early morning hours of Saturday, April 15.
According to the zoo, this is the 15-year-old's fourth calf, though the first with her new partner Oliver.
Anticipating the new arrival, the public have been keeping a close watch on the 15-year-old giraffe via a YouTube stream since late February. But once the tip of her baby's nose emerged, the birth was over quickly.
The park is now closed to the public and will open in mid-May.
The calf will weight approximately 150 lbs. zoo officials estimated and could stand around 6 ft. tall! Oliver, the father, watches on from the background.
April has been the star of a livestream since February.
Giraffes are in the process of a "silent extinction", experts reported past year.
The sensation took a weird turn when park staff prematurely said they expected a birth on the weekend of April 1. The calf was moving shortly after birth and April seems to be doing well.
Animal Adventure Park is located in Harpursville, New York, and the owners posted daily updates on April's condition and even launched a text-alert service to help keep fans apprised of April's progress.
For over two months now, so many of us have been focusing a frankly ridiculous amount of attention on a pregnant giraffe living in a NY zoo.
The zoo says it will have a contest to decide on a name for the calf.
A GoFundMe page for April has received more than $125,000.
Social media bubbled with cheers.
April is one of the most popular residents at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York.
"Bulls (male giraffes) only really care about two things", the park notes, "fighting and the unmentionable".
There are approximately 100,000 wild giraffes roaming Africa, but some of the subspecies are nearly entirely extinct.