Park: Giraffe cam will be pulled this week

Petition started to name April's calf after 'Giraffe Mom's' baby boy

After months of anticipation, April the Giraffe gave birth to her baby giraffe calf over the weekend, with over a million people watching it happen live. However, that will soon change. The live cam brought far more attention to Animal Adventure Park and giraffe education that he ever thought possible.

After the baby weans, April, who had a flawless pregnancy and delivery, will be checked to see if she is healthy enough to sustain another pregnancy and the park will decide at that time if they'll allow it.

Animal Adventure Park owner Jordan Patch appeared on Good Morning America Monday to announce the baby-naming contest and fundraiser.

April the Giraffe's newborn calf met his father for the first time Tuesday, days after his long-awaited birth. It's a common problem among long-legged animals, and April somehow twisted it while trying to keep up with her calf. The calf will remain with April until he stops nursing, at about six months. But the response from April's fans put a strain on the park. People around the world have been tuning in daily, with some growing impatient as the pregnancy seemed to drag on.

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

The plan all along for the live cam was to have it up an extra five days after April gave birth.

Indeed, thousands of people watched online Saturday as April's calf was born at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, N.Y. A GoFundMe fundraiser page that initially set a goal of $50,000 sat at more than $134,000 by Saturday night. There's 200 animals out there that need our help, feeding and our care. Because of fears of inbreeding, the calf will be relocated to another facility once the weaning process is over.

There is also a petition to name the giraffe baby after the real-life son of a SC woman who donned a giraffe mask during her pregnancy in mock tribute to April.

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