It's a boy! Zoo confirms April the giraffe's calf is a male
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 16, 2017,
Apr 16, 2017, 3:58
April gave birth shortly before 10 a.m. EDT Saturday at Adventure Park in rural Harpursville, about 130 miles (209 kilometers) northwest of New York City.
Animal lovers have watched April, a resident of Animal Adventure Park, await her (big) bundle of joy for weeks, courtesy of a viral live feed shot from her home in the Harpursville, New York facility.
The calf's father is Oliver, a five-year-old giraffe kept in the same petting zoo.
After a 16-month gestation period, the wait finally ended with the male calf's debut in a livestream from the zoo. The park has announced that the gender will be revealed at a later date, and that it will be holding a campaign to name the calf.
During birth, the calf's front hooves come out first followed by the snout. YouTube briefly took it down but the ensuing attention made the feed extremely popular as millions tuned in to try to catch the moment April gave birth.
April's celebrity and the public fascination with her unborn calf blossomed when the zoo began providing a live YouTube stream in February. People around the world have been tuning in daily.
So, while Oliver is out brawling and having more giraffes, April is at home watching her new child.
Almost five millions viewers a day were watching the livestream at its peak, The New York Times reported.
Though details of the calf are scarce, the Associated Press notes, newborn giraffes typically weigh around 150 pounds and are about 6 feet at birth. "We had a giraffe baby together;" "Everybody sticking their neck out for this baby giraffe;" and "On a day where "mother of all bombs" is a trending phrase, I love how the world unites over the birth of a baby giraffe".