April the giraffe cam shuts down Friday afternoon

Zoo owner: April the giraffe's baby is 'very independent'

APRIL THE GIRAFFE has finally given birth to a male calf at the Animal Adventure Park in Binghamton, N.Y., after weeks of being watched online. However, that will soon change.

Park officials also said they received many messages from fans concerned that April had a slight limp.

The park said in an update Monday that April had recovered from the birth but had "a minor misstep this afternoon that lead her to favor her one leg", noting though that the injury had "already improved".

According to United Press International, the two got the opportunity to meet and nuzzle noses with each other as the Animal Adventure Park staff prepared to weigh the famous baby.

April the giraffe gave birth to the calf at about 10 a.m. on Saturday, after the zoo monitored her pregnancy via an online stream beginning in February. "April and calf look great from early morning observations!"

April has been the subject of global attention since the live feed was turned on in February.

April the giraffe's live stream quickly went from being watched by hundreds to thousands of people.

To date, April's live YouTube channel has received more than 232 million live views and racked up 7.6 billion minutes of live watch-time total.

The wait for the giraffe became an anxiety-ridden experience for some. Millions of people around the world have been tuning in daily. She will raise her calf naturally, and weaning could take between 6 to 10 months, maybe longer.

Animal Adventure Park is holding a contest to name the baby. A GoFundMe fundraiser page that initially set a goal of $50,000 sat at more than $125,000 on Saturday morning.

Fox News 13 reports that a yard cam will be installed in the giraffe section of the park and will also give people a chance to see more of April, the calf, and Oliver. There's 200 animals out there that need our help, feeding and our care.

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