April the Giraffe Finally Gave Birth To a Boy


More than 1.2 million viewers watched the birth in real time thanks to Animal Adventure's livestream.

Animal Adventure Park posted on its Facebook page today that the calf weighs 58.5 kg and stands 1.75 m tall.

Animal Adventure Park owner Jordan Patch said the baby was healthy and April was recovering "perfectly".

The birth of April's calf marks the first time a calf has been born at Animal Adventure Park.

The baby calf was a male, he is April's fourth calf but the zoo's first one.

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April, at 15 years old, delivered her calf Saturday in an enclosed pen at the zoo in Harpursville, a rural upstate village about 130 miles northwest of New York City. People all over the world patiently tuned in for her birth, and on 7:00 a.m. ET, April 15, she began her labor and gave birth shortly before 10:00 a.m. ET.

Less than an hour after the calf was born, it started to stand up on its legs while April assisted him. "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".

It comes after the giraffe finally gave birth to the calf two months after the giraffe's mid-February due date.

April has her own website and even an apparel line. The money will be used for the care of the animals.

Though some fans got frustrated when April's due date of mid-January to mid-February came and went, many others continued to tune in. The zoo is now running a promotion to name him, and through it they are raising money for three important causes: the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, which protects giraffes out in the wild; Ava's Little Heroes, which supports families in the local area whose children experience unexpected medical emergencies; and Animal Adventure Park itself, helping to improve guest experience and the park's educational mission. It was quickly restored, and has attracted millions of loyal viewers since.