April The Giraffe FINALLY Has Her Baby
It's a boy!
This ain't no April fools joke either: April the giraffe FINALLY welcomed her newborn calf into the world Saturday morning amongst 1.25 million viewers around the world, who have devoted MONTHS to watching and waiting via live feed.
The hype of it all started back in January at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York. Fans have kept up with April for a long 16-month gestation period, anticipating the birth of her fourth calf. However, according to CNN, it is the first time a calf has been born in the animal park.
The weight of the newborn is unknown, as well as the name! The park plans to hold a contest to name the calf but people are leaning towards Diamond, since it is the birthstone of the month April.
Since of course the birth happened the ONE TIME I wasn't watching the live feed, I searched on Youtube (warning: it's not pretty), and I was surprised to see the baby try to stand up just minutes after it took it's first breath! Apparently, calves start walking about half an hour after birth.
The park has informed CNN that April will raise the calf, with weaning expected to take between six to 10 months. However, the park will not keep the newborn. Keeping the calf "would lead to incestuous mating and undermine the genetics of the program and species," the Animal Adventure Park's website says.
The good news in this is that the birth of April's baby comes at a dire time for giraffes, whose numbers have plummeted over the past three decades according to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation.
So thank goodness for April, having a baby, in April.
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