April the giraffe showing 'signs of contractions,' zoo officials say

Apr 07, 2017, 01:17
April the giraffe showing 'signs of contractions,' zoo officials say

The zoo wrote on Friday morning that "all observations, behavior and predictions suggest a calf today or tonight".

HARPURSVILLE, NEW YORK-Any moment now, April, the beloved, pregnant giraffe that has distracted the internet for weeks, could give birth.

Animal Adventure Park has been streaming video of April since February and the broadcast has since become a viral sensation with hundreds of thousands of viewers watching April pace in her pen 24 hours a day.

Patch also said that it is still very cold outside. When the calf comes out, April will naturally raise it on her own, and will wean the baby giraffe for up to 10 months.

Giraffe pregnancies last up to 15 months.

YouTube briefly removed the live stream, then restored it - and a pregnant animal star was born.

However, the weekend came and went... still no baby.

The wildly popular livestream went down intermittently Saturday morning, but the zoo insisted it was "not the hoax many anticipated".

There's been a lot of speculation of how long April has been in labor and if she's actually contracting. Spectators are growing more concerned with each passing day because April has yet to give birth.

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Watch the current YouTube stream in the video player above or here.

While some are interested in the science and spectacle of it all, others say it is a welcome distraction to the news of the day.

NewsChannel 34 has received notice that Animal Adventure owner Jordan Patch is scheduled to appear on Good Morning America Friday morning.

The giraffe calf is expected to weigh around 150 pounds and stand about 6-feet tall. We are there. We are close.

According to the Park, April did show any signs of active labor but she has been continuing to ignore the grain they have left for her.

"Does this 'live stream; of that giraffe have ads and stuff on it?" The vets joked about launching "Operation Taco Induction" and posted a photo of a carrot taco in front of April's already waiting mouth, but they said that they did not actually feed the giraffe taco.

How can we tell if April is contracting?

"After much discussion, we have decided the initial Gender Reveal will be made via our text alert system as soon as gender is observed post birth".