Zoo Says April the Giraffe May Give Birth Soon

Zoo Says April the Giraffe May Give Birth Soon

Regarding the calf's gender, Animal Adventure Park said their ultrasound equipment could not determine if April the giraffe will be having a boy or a girl.

"Today is not the day to stop watching", Animal Adventure Park owner Jordan Patch said during a live interview on GMA Friday. STILL PREGNANT! Zookeepers at Animal Adventure Park said Friday, March 31st "all observations, behavior, and predictions suggest a calf today, tonight".

The park added: "This is what we have all been waiting for!"

Patch also said that they are setting up a "text alert" system where people will be able to sign up for the latest news about April.

"Both Animal Adventure Park and Toys "R" Us have the common goal of bringing awareness to the plight of the giraffe as well as the need to create a sustainable future for them", the Facebook post stated. Once the calf is born, it will remain in the barn with April until naturally weened from his or her mother.

But the giraffe has been waiting - along with the rest of us - for months. The calf should come out with its front feet and nose first.

This will be the fifteen-year-old April's fourth calf, while her five-year-old partner, Oliver, will be welcoming his first.

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Zoo keepers and her vet are continuing to monitor her closely.

April will wean her calf for six to 10 months before it will be moved to another facility to avoid incestuous mating.

Giraffes can be in labor anywhere from two to six hours.

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"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. She could give birth any moment now.

More than $100,000 has been donated to the zoo's giraffe fund. Labor lasts anywhere from a few hours to a few days. In natural habitats, a giraffes' life span is about 15 years.

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