World's most famous giraffe April protectively kicks vet away from newborn calf

Candice Alexander
April 21, 2017

April the giraffe gave birth at a NY zoo as more than a million people around the world watched live. But eventually, after the baby is weaned, it will move on to be paired with young females at another zoo, where it will produce calves of its own, Patch said.

More than a million online viewers watched April deliver her calf in Harpursville, a rural upstate village about 130 miles (209 kilometers) northwest of New York City. Giraffes are pregnant for 15 months on average. The park says both mama and baby are healthy and doing fine. Mom and baby had a great day!

The weight of the newborn is unknown, but a calf at birth is usually about 6 feet tall and weighs a whopping 100 to 150 pounds. The Harpursville, New York, zoo has opened a baby-naming contest on their website after the calf's Saturday, April 15, birth. Animal Adventure Park also has a GoFundMepage, and fans who want to see the giraffes up close can go to upstate NY to meet them.

The 15-year-old giraffe had her baby around 9 a.m. Saturday morning.

April's pregnancy was catapulted into global headlines in late February after YouTube briefly yanked the zoo's live stream following complaints by animal activists that it violated the site's policies concerning "nudity and sexual content".

Five things to know about April and her newborn. You even get to decide your own spelling.

Millions of people around the USA and the world flocked to their screens early Saturday morning when April the giraffe went into labor. The money will be used for the care of the animals. The zoo is now running a promotion to name him, and through it they are raising money for three important causes: the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, which protects giraffes out in the wild; Ava's Little Heroes, which supports families in the local area whose children experience unexpected medical emergencies; and Animal Adventure Park itself, helping to improve guest experience and the park's educational mission.

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