GIRAFFE WATCH: Animal Adventure cites more progress overnight
Apr 06 2017
April has been with Animal Adventure Park since September 2015 and this is her first calf birth at the park.
However, April's many anxious fans can now subscribe to receive text alerts when April goes into labor - and for the first disclosure of whether the newborn is male or female.
Not much had changed by Tuesday morning; the zoo said April still didn't want grain, but remained healthy with no signs of pain or distress. She is big, udders are full, light discharge --aaaannnnndddd that's it!
April's behavior continues to be good, if somewhat moody, and she has kept viewers at home as well as keepers on the edge of their seats.
It looks like we will have an April Fools baby! Animal Adventure Park takes pride in their indoor housing and the level of enrichment and care to keep the giraffes happy and healthy. But April stayed inside.
Keepers thought the baby would've been born this past weekend, the first weekend of April, and viewing numbers have regularly topped 200,000 at a time.
She has not gone into active labor yet, but when the "countdown to calf" began two days ago, we started perking up waiting for the next update and it has arrived.
Yes, it is really a case of "world waiting on edge" ever since the pregnant giraffe's live-streaming became a sensation.
"To answer a few question we have seen on the web in various places: no, she isn't late; no, she isn't overdue; no, I'm not concerned she is 'taking so long, ' nor should you be".
April's keepers said she is carrying a "great demeanor". We can not retain offspring, as it would lead to incestuous mating and undermine the genetics of the program and species. Yes, we have been watching her for a very long time. enjoy the free show people.
The Dallas Zoo's giraffe baby, Kipenzi, was born April 10, 2015. The calf will weigh around 150 pounds and be approximately 6 feet tall at birth, zoo officials said.
Jordan Patch, owner of the Animal Adventure Park, says the natural curiosity surrounding giraffes and their birthing process has been a huge factor in drawing crowds. She has been pregnant through nearly the entire election cycle.