April the giraffe in NY has calf before 1.2 million online

It is April's fourth calf, but it was the first time one of the giraffe's pregnancies had become so popular.

Aside from a minor freakish setback for allegedly showing "sexually explicit content" the live video has been captivating audiences across the world.

April the giraffe has given birth at a NY zoo as more than a million people around the world watched live.

Shortly before 8 a.m., Animal Adventure Park teased a captionless photo of a small calf hoof and leg at April's backside while she cranes her head to lick it. April, who's 15 years old, is having the baby with Oliver, a 5-year-old giraffe, according to Animal Adventure. Over 1.2 million people were watching the livestream during the birth. April was often seen simply pacing around her pen with no signs of impending labor, but viewers continued to tune in nonetheless.

The private NY zoo whose pregnant giraffe became an internet sensation says April the giraffe's newborn calf is a male.

April's celebrity and the public fascination with her unborn calf blossomed when the zoo began providing a live YouTube stream in February. It's now a four-hour video that has been viewed by an incredible 9.8 million people and rapidly counting. Jordan Patch, owner of the Animal Adventure Park, blamed "a handful of extremists and animal rights activists" for the interruption.

The calf will be around around 150lbs and stand 6-feet-tall at birth, reported ABC Denver. For weeks the world has waited on pins and needles awaiting on the birth of a baby giraffe, whose mother, April, has been crowned the most famous mother-to-be on the planet. Giraffes are pregnant for 15 months on average.

Zoo officials later announced on their Twitter page that the newborn giraffe was male and posted a photo of the still-unnamed calf and its mother with the message: "All is well".

  • Salvatore Jensen