Congratulations, It's a Giraffe! April Finally Gives Birth, The Internet Reacts
- Author: Wendy Palmer Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 4:50
For over two months now, so many of us have been focusing a frankly ridiculous amount of attention on a pregnant giraffe living in a NY zoo.
Despite the birth being a point of interest for so long, there were quite a few people who didn't seem equipped to handle watching an animal birth.
After months of waiting, April, a giraffe at a NY zoo that became an Internet sensation, finally gave birth on Saturday morning.
In this photo provided by Animal Adventure Park in Binghamton, N.Y., a giraffe named April kisses her new calf on Saturday, April 15, 2017.
It is planning a naming contest for the calf.
Jordan Patch of the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, NY posted a video on Facebook Saturday morning telling everyone to 'cancel your plans....we are in labor'. The longneck has her own Twitter account and website, and has managed to raise $125,000 (118,000 euros) on her GoFundMe fundraiser page, which is meant to be used for the care of the animals.
The big day arrived Saturday - a day before Easter - when viewers glued themselves to their screens to watch the miracle of birth.
Its gender was not yet known, and its name will be determined through a competition run by the park.
The park's livestream was briefly interrupted in February when YouTube pulled the feed after someone reported the images contained explicit material and nudity. The calf's father, Oliver, who watched the birth from an adjacent pen, is a first-time father at the age of 5.
The park is now closed to the public and will open in mid-May.
The zoo's owner says the newborn will stay with April until he is weaned, which can take six months or longer.
The weight of the newborn is unknown, but a calf at birth is usually about 6 feet tall and weighs a whopping 100 to 150 pounds.
Animal Adventure is in rural Harpursville, New York.