April the Giraffe has given birth to new calf

April the Giraffe has given birth to new calf

Keepers at Animal Adventure Park in Upstate New York said late Monday that the live cam that captured April the giraffe bringing her calf into the world over the weekend will be taken down later this week.

After weeks of suspense, April the giraffe finally gave birth on Saturday to a baby boy, delighting of hundreds of thousands of people who have been monitoring a live cam feed from a NY zoo in anticipation of the long-overdue event.

The park posted on Facebook that they appreciate the concern, but they are being bogged down with emails regarding April's wellbeing. "April and calf look great from early morning observations!"

After about 45 minutes on the floor, the giraffe-calf was up and moving on his new legs.

April the giraffe has made headlines for weeks as people tune in to see if she's given birth.

Animal Adventure park owner Jordan Patch has said "both mom and calf are doing fine", and was apparently so excited that he was shaking when he went to assemble the delivery team.

Patch said the natural curiosity surrounding giraffes and their birthing process was a huge factor in drawing crowds. "Giraffes give birth standing up, which means when the calf is ready to be born, it exits its mother hooves first from six feet off the floor, making for a very exciting event", he said in a news release. Animal Adventure Park is holding a paid vote to pick the baby's name. Giraffes have the longest gestation period of any animal on Earth - usually around 14 to 15 months. The proud papa is a 5-year-old giraffe named Oliver. This is his first offspring.

April has been the subject of worldwide attention since that live feed was turned on in February. People around the world have been tuning in daily. But shortly before noon, the zoo shared an adorable photo of April nuzzling him while he stood beneath her trying to nurse.

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