April the giraffe expected to give birth soon

Posted April 07, 2017

"April's website, aprilthegiraffe.com, includes a link for buying apparel from baby clothing to adult-sized hoodies imprinted with a giraffe's head and "#Aprils View Crew" along with the park's name and location.

Giraffes can give birth at any hour of the day or night, but April's most ardent watchers may want to set their alarm clocks for early morning hours, as "many facilities report predawn births", Patch told Live Science.

While many have been concerned about April's seemingly "delayed" pregnancy, Dr. Tim, her vet clarified that there is nothing to worry about, citing that there is no calf yet simply because April is not ready yet despite all of her clinical signs. On Thursday, April's keepers noticed "significant" changes in the shape of her belly, indicating active labor was near.

His advice for the millions of people around the world who have been watching April for weeks? "All signs are go".

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"We would be shocked to get through the weekend without our newest addition", the zoo said.

It was previously expected that she would give birth on April 1, which would have been a ideal April Fools' celebration.

While April has not yet given birth, the park reported on its Facebook page that it has welcomed three black belly Barbados lambs and twin pygmy goats since the giraffe watch began. The calf will weigh around 150 pounds and be approximately 6-feet-tall at birth.

In an update posted Friday morning, park staff said April's about to deliver - just as the month of March rolls into the giraffe's namesake month.

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The average gestation period for a giraffe is about 15 months.

"Joke is on us!", park owner Jordan Patch posted on Facebook.

Giraffes are pregnant for 15 months, according to Animal Adventure Park. Male giraffes, called bulls, really only care about two things, the zoo says: "fighting and the unmentionable". We have watched April pace around.

The veternarian's predictions on Friday about April the giraffe's birth were a little off.

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"April the Giraffe" livestream is available at the park's YouTube channel while details about the giraffe's condition as well as access to the giraffe cam is also available at April the Giraffe official website.