"Not much to say this evening, as we covered quite a bit earlier in our live video Q&A and when crashing the Vet Visit with April".
The privately owned zoo began live-streaming from April's enclosure in February, with people tuning in daily to catch up on the latest developments. You'll find a number of videos featured including behind-the-scenes footage of April and Oliver as well as other animals that call the Animal Adventure Park home. The calf was walking and nursing not long after its birth.
After a few hours of labor, the new calf fell hoof-and-head first into the world just before 10 a.m.
Speaking of new babies, the zoo did have one Thursday - it just wasn't a calf. This will be his first calf. When did she give birth, the 1950s? April has been pregnant for 15 months, the normal gestation time for a giraffe. Fans have kept up with her for weeks as she anticipated the birth of her fourth calf.
The Animal Adventure Park announced on in a Twitter post that the long-awaited calf of April the Giraffe is a boy.
At least 1.2 million watched the live stream online. In between the cam's launch and payoff, an apparel line sprang up dedicated to the pregnant April, as well as a GoFundMe page to shower the zoo with funds to care for calf when it arrived. Patch explained that it's not very likely that you will be able to tell April's labor until you see an actual hoof begin to poke out of her rear-end.
The giraffes have some of the biggest pens in the nation (square foot per animal).
The giraffe's ability to be content and resilient in the face of a 24-hour news frenzy - even if she has no idea any of this is happening - should be a lesson to all who have seen even a brief moment of her pregnancy.
"The mission of zoological parks is to educate the public about wildlife and to conserve genetic diversity of species facing extinction", Buchanan said. A newborn Masai giraffe calf typically weighs between 125 and 150 pounds at birth and measures approximately 6 feet tall. Otherwise, he could be a danger to April and her calf by either fighting her, attempting to mate with her or eating her food.