Giraffe cam: April ‘prepping’ for birth as calf is active

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In the early Sunday morning bulletin, the Animal Adventure Park in Harpusville, located in upstate New York, announced more news about the impending birth. Will it be soon? Obviously April had no intentions of a St. Patrick’s Day birth: 

“Keepers have noted a calming down of the calf and April carrying everything a bit towards the rear. This is exactly what we want! Wax caps are still in place. Appetite remains strong.”

On Saturday, more than 70 million animal lovers thought for sure the baby would make her debut into the world. Her keeper Alyssa Swilley described the mom-to-be as eating everything in sight and “prepping for something.” The baby was said to have “mastered karate” and making as “much movement as a seasoned sportsman.”

Just in case, you’re just tuning into the April the giraffe’s pending motherhood extravaganza, (to humans although not likely to April) this will  be her fourth calf and her mate Oliver’s first calf. The park boasts some of the largest pens in the nation as far as room for the giraffes to stretch their legs, and the indoor housing section is meant for additional care and health of the animals as well as educational enrichment for the appreciation and knowledge of the species.

Try to imagine – moms all over the world – giraffes are pregnant for 15 months; at birth the calf will be nearly six foot tall and weigh in about 150 pounds upon delivery. April will be in charge of her own calf and if all goes as planned, the baby will be weaned after six to ten months – although that could take longer. Once the baby is born, there will be a contest to name her. Once the baby is fully weaned, she will be transferred to another facility and begin a new breeding program. Interbreeding is not successful nor ever recommended.

And one more fact for the day from the organization:

“The closest living relative of the giraffe is the okapi. Giraffe and Okapi are the only living members of the family Giraffidae. The family was once much larger, but all other members are now extinct. Preservation and conservation matters!”

For more information about the Animal Adventure Park, please click here.

 

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12 replies
  1. Kathleen Drude says:

    It’s always amazing to witness the birth of all animals! The most incredible sights are those which are the births of wild animals!

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    • ellen cottone says:

      No its not. its frikin disgusting.
      Its filled with shit, piss, blood , screaming and vomiting( im talking, live stoxk, domestic and wildlife.were talking real life birthing rite?)
      How incrdibly more amazing is a wild animals bloody smelly birth then that of a ferral cat at cvs parking lot?

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      • Kathleen Drude says:

        In response to Ellen cottons: are you for real? I thought you were a vet like me! The birth of animals as well as marine life is an incredible sight one that I never get tired of participating or as an observer! I don’t know what the hell kind of vet you are, but from your comments here you can’t be a practicing one! No one would be stupid enough to come to you!

    • Linda Szymoniak says:

      When weather permits, they go outdoors. The weather where they’re at has been cold and snowy. Oliver is being kept separate because he want to play rough, and April isn’t in the condition for that. I’ve been reading other posts about this and watching the live feed. I always loved giraffe’s but am now obsessed with them!

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  2. Linda Szymoniak says:

    I highly recommend watching the feed around 8PM CST every day. They feed April what looks like lettuce and other things right up by the camera. Nothing beats the entire frame taken up by April’s tongue. It’s so much fun to watch! When staff go into April’s enclosure, too, you can see just how much they care about her. It’s wonderful!

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