April the giraffe in NY giving birth before online audience

April lives at a zoo in NY state and delivered her calf shortly before 10 am EST in an enclosed pen.

For over two months the internet was waiting for April the Giraffe to give birth to her calf.

Giraffe pregnancies last for 15 months, but their labour is comparatively speedy: the calf emerged just a few hours after her hooves were first spotted.

In early February, the park began to prep its Facebook followers for an impending birth, launching a live camera view of its giraffe stalls. People around the world have been tuning in daily.

The Harpursville zoo will have a contest to name it. The cam will only be live for a limited amount of time and millions worldwide are watching to see April nurse her calf and witness their bonding time.

The giraffe has her own website and even a line in apparel.

The Animal Adventure Park announced on in a Twitter post that the long-awaited calf of April the Giraffe is a boy.

A zoo spokesperson says the delivery could take all day Saturday.

Millions of viewers from all over the world have been waiting in anticipation for the birth of a giraffe calf in NY.

The world's giraffe birth-watching community had a brief scare on Thursday morning when YouTube removed the stream because it was flagged for nudity and sexual content by animal rights groups. This is Oliver's first calf, but April knows the drill - this will be her fourth.

There had been false starts before, but not far away in a pen in upstate NY, two hooves were peeking out of April's backside.

What did you learn about giraffe's through this experience?

When Virginia fled the Los Angeles Zoo in 1979, she did it by going up trees - something wolves aren't supposed to do.

The baby will weigh an approximate 150 pounds on birth and will be as tall as a grown man, at six foot tall.

When the calf was born, livecam sponsor Toys R Us, which has a giraffe mascot, slyly switched the logo on the feed to Babies R Us.

  • Salvatore Jensen