It's a boy! Zoo confirms April's calf is a male

2017-04-16 16:38
In this photo provided by Animal Adventure Park in Binghamton, a giraffe named April stands with her new calf. (AP)

In this photo provided by Animal Adventure Park in Binghamton, a giraffe named April stands with her new calf. (AP)

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Harpursville - And baby makes glee.

Before an online audience of more than a million viewers, April the giraffe gave birth to a male calf at a New York zoo, ending weeks of proverbial pacing by animal lovers in a virtual worldwide waiting room.

Animal births

The 15-year-old giraffe delivered her calf in an enclosed pen at the zoo in Harpursville, a rural upstate village about  210km northwest of New York City. The mama giraffe tenderly licked her calf, which began to slowly pick its head up from the floor of the pen. About 45 minutes after it was born, the calf stood on its wobbly legs for the first time while mom helped keep her baby steady.

He began nursing not long after.

At least 1.2 million people watched the Adventure Park's YouTube streaming of the event .

Animal Adventure Park owner Jordan Patch said that both mom and calf are doing fine.

Patch said the calf's entrance into the world "was unnerving to even those of us who have witnessed animal births previously.

"Giraffes give birth standing up, which means when the calf is ready to be born, it exits its mother hooves first from six feet off the floor, making for a very exciting event," Patch said in a news release.

Fundraiser page

This is April's fourth calf, but Animal Adventure Park's first giraffe calf. The proud papa, a 5-year-old giraffe named Oliver, watched from an adjacent pen. This is his first offspring.

The privately owned zoo began livestreaming from April's enclosure in February. People around the world have been tuning in daily.

April has her own website and even an apparel line. A GoFundMe fundraiser page that initially set a goal of $50 000 sat at more than $125 000 a few hours after birth. The money will be used for the care of the animals.

A contest will be held to decide on a name for the calf.


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