April the Giraffe gives birth... and its a boy

This is April's 4th calf, but the first for Animal Adventure Park.

He began nursing not long after.

At least 1.2 million people watched the Animal Adventure Park's YouTube streaming of the event. A logo on the feed quickly changed from ToysRUs to BabiesRUs following the birth.

The event was an Easter weekend sensation for fans of April who had been waiting for the baby throughout the 15-month gestation in the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, in NY state.

Billed as an Easter weekend sensation and sponsored by Toys " R " Us, a giraffe named April gave birth to a male calf at a zoo in New York State.

But the wait is over - this morning she gave birth!

While the baby is April's fourth calf, it's the first baby giraffe for Adventure park. The baby's father, five-year-old Oliver, watched from an adjacent pen. The internet spent days arguing about the color of a dress, and livestreams have allowed people all over the world to watch and comment on police chases, sporting events, and political protests together. April even has her own clothing line and website!

A GoFundMe fundraiser page that had an initial goal of $50,000 sat at more than $127,000 Saturday morning. The livestream was briefly taken down from YouTube in February after complaints that it contained nudity and explicit images.

Park Owner Jordan Patch has said there will be a contest to name the calf after it is born and its sex is revealed.

The zoo went live on Facebookto excitedly announce April had gone into labor around 8 a.m. - telling thrilled viewers a team was assembling to help the giraffe through the process.

After a few hours of labor, the new calf fell hoof-and-head first into the world just before 10 a.m.

Although the official stats aren't in yet, April's calf likely stands about 6 feet tall and weighs between 100 and 150 pounds. April's 16-month adventures in gestation have become a popular online attraction in recent months, both because giraffes are listed as "vulnerable" by extinction trackers, and also because people are naturally curious about how does any of that even work, vis-à-vis parts? And I was "there" - watching Animal Adventure Park's live cam and Facebook stream, dropping everything I was doing to make sure I had a chance to watch everything go down.

  • Arturo Norris