April the giraffe's baby is expected to come today or tonight
- Author: Aubrey Nash Apr 01, 2017,
Apr 01, 2017, 1:29
By Friday, Animal Adventure Park, the zoo where April is housed, had something new to report.
She has not gone into active labor yet, but when the "countdown to calf" began two days ago, we started perking up waiting for the next update and it has arrived.
In a Facebook update Thursday evening (typo in post status dates post as 3/3), keepers stated that April's behavior was "very off from normal". "It should not be much longer!" Here are some fun facts about April and her baby. The venue came under fire after gaining attention with its giraffe live stream, causing the live stream to be temporarily shut down.
Yesterday Dr Tim confirmed April was showing "signs of giving birth" within the next few days.
Will April- the pregnant giraffe that's taken the Internet by storm-wait to give birth until her namesake month rolls around?
Waxy plugs on the tips of April's teats hint that she may be close to delivering her calf.
At around 5:30 a.m. Friday, roughly 90,000 curious onlookers saw zoo keepers enter April's pen sweeping up extra dirt and and cleaning up in what appeared to be a preparation stage.
But in all seriousness, giraffes keep their pregnancies low profile, instinctively hiding signs of labor from predators who might harm their newborns. We've seen her act with affection to her mate Oliver. "The giraffe yard, it's not safe yet", he said. This is the zoo's first giraffe calf. The calf is expected to weigh around 150 pounds (68 kilograms) and be about 6 feet (1.8 meters) tall at birth.
The Animal Adventure Park began live streaming from April's enclosure on February 23 in anticipation of the new calf's birth.
The calf will remain unnamed until fans vote on their name through a contest on Facebook. Male giraffes also are not part of the child rearing process.
Some of the more skeptical people in the world have theorized that April, everyone's favorite giraffe, might not be pregnant at all.