(Vide screenshot) April, the giraffe, gives birth at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, N.Y.
A GoFundMe fundraiser page that initially set a goal of $50,000 sat at more than $125,000 on Saturday morning. April has her own website and even an apparel line. The money will be used for the care of the animals.
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The park’s livestream was briefly interrupted in February when YouTube pulled the feed after someone reported the images contained explicit material and nudity. Jordan Patch, owner of the Animal Adventure Park, blamed “a handful of extremists and animal rights activists” for the interruption.
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The wait for the giraffe became an anxiety-ridden experience for some. A Farmington, New Hampshire, songwriter even posted a music video on YouTube called, “I’m Going Crazy Waiting (For A Giraffe).”
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Before an online audience of more than a million viewers, April the giraffe gave birth to a calf Saturday at a New York zoo, ending weeks of proverbial pacing by animal lovers in a virtual worldwide waiting room.
People around the world have been tuning in daily. The privately owned zoo began livestreaming from April’s enclosure in February.
HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. — And baby makes glee.
Giraffes are pregnant for 15 months on average. No immediate details on the calf were announced, but they usually weigh around 150 pounds (68.04 kilograms) and are about 6 feet (1.83 metres) tall at birth.
At least 1.2 million people watched the Adventure Park’s YouTube streaming of the event .
This is April’s fourth calf, but Animal Adventure Park’s first giraffe calf. The proud papa, a 5-year-old giraffe named Oliver, watched from an adjacent pen. This is his first offspring.
A contest will be held to decide on a name for the calf.
The 15-year-old giraffe delivered her calf shortly before 10 a.m. The mama giraffe tenderly licked her calf, which began to slowly pick its head up from the floor of the pen. EST in an enclosed pen at the zoo in Harpursville, a rural upstate village about 130 miles (209 kilometres) northwest of New York City.