Giraffe watch: April's baby repositioning

Eloi Lecerf
Março 23, 2017

Jordan Patch, the owner of the Animal Adventure Park, says the natural curiosity surrounding giraffes and their birthing process has been a huge factor in drawing crowds.

The park said they hope this is the week April has her calf.

Both viewers and the keepers were watching April carefully as she raised her tail and was lying on her back.

"Keepers have noted a calming down of the calf and April carrying everything a bit towards the rear". Commenters said she seemed uncomfortable.

The now world-famous, long-necked beauty was seen on the live stream as more than 40,000 people watched moving about her pen, sitting up and sitting down throughout the early morning hours.

Earlier today zookeepers said April was "prepping" for birth as she as the new calf had its most active night yet.

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Giraffes are pregnant for 15 months, according to Animal Adventure Park.

While April has not yet given birth, the park reported on its Facebook page that it welcomed twin black belly Barbados lambs Saturday morning and another lamb Monday.

The park began streaming on February 23, showing April preparing to give birth and drawing worldwide attention.

Last week, April's stomach swelled and there were "significant baby kicks from within", the zoo said, adding: "Allysa [head giraffe keeper at the zoo] reports the calf has mastered karate!"

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