Waiting For April The Giraffe To Give Birth (Live Link)
20 March, 2017, 08:07 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
This weekend was no different for the baby, who has moved quite a bit and is now "sticking out" of his or her mom's side!
Zookeepers say she could well be "talking" to her baby calf.
Physically, handlers said April's appetite is strong, and her belly has noticeably dropped further. That's a great sign and step in the right direction, according to her keepers. "We are not in labor at this time", read the evening update posted on Animal Adventure Park's Facebook page around 10 p.m. EST.
April's wax caps are still in place.
Watch the live stream below (NOTE: weather conditions may cause intermittent disruptions).
In the video streaming on YouTube, April, a 15-year-old reticulated giraffe, can be seen pacing inside her barn and raising her tail before her delivery.
Last week, April's stomach swelled and there were "significant baby kicks from within", the zoo said, adding: "Allysa [head giraffe keeper at the zoo] reports the calf has mastered karate!"
Jordan Patch, owner of the Animal Adventure Park, says the natural curiosity surrounding giraffes and their birthing process has been a huge factor in drawing crowds.
"I think the fact that she's a giraffe and she's a neat species that people are interested in, that's fostered a lot of the attention", he said.
The impending birth of April's calf has the internet waiting with bated breath.
Giraffe pregnancies last up to 15 months. It is updated with a new link every few hours.
Once the calf is born, the zoo will hold a contest to name it.
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