Watch the live feed of April the Giraffe as she gets ready to give birth below.
Handlers of April the pregnant Giraffe at the Animal Adventure Park in New York state have become greatly concerned about some “interesting behavior” that had them “on edge” recently. Animal Adventure Park posted the update on their Facebook page on Thursday, and while they didn’t detail what behavior concerned them, they said that April’s behavior had settled since then.
The world has been waiting on pins and needles for the pregnant giraffe to give birth. The park is currently running a live feed, and they planned to do a Facebook Live video on Thursday to answer questions people had about the giraffe.
This would be the 15-year-old giraffe’s fourth calf, which have all been born successfully. The father is five, and it will be his first calf. The calf will weigh around 150 pounds and be six foot tall as soon as it is born, with the hooves coming out first and the snout coming out last.
“Upon naturally weaning, the calf will move on to another facility to start a breeding program there,” the park says on its Facebook page. “We cannot retain offspring, as it would lead to incestuous mating and undermine the genetics of the program and species. Those “things” on their heads are called ossicones. Bulls (male giraffes) only really care about two things- fighting and the unmentionable…. Oliver may share space with April, but for short periods. Bulls take no part in rearing young. They eat hay and specialized giraffe diet but love romaine lettuce and carrot treats.”