Published: Tue, March 14, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

April the giraffe in great condition; Birth watch continues

April the giraffe in great condition; Birth watch continues

April, the pregnant giraffe is in great condition, being constantly monitored by zookeepers. Zoo representatives argued that wax caps develop on the teats of the udder to maintain colostrum inside the udder.

On March 12, Animal Adventure Park posted on its Facebook page an update of the pregnant giraffe's status, showing a photo of the giraffe's wax caps.

Usually, caps are shed during delivery, or the baby may remove them by sucking. There is no question that April is looking larger than ever.

The hungry giant demands a crunchy carrot before every vet visit as a "toll" to enter her stall for an exam, the zoo said Friday.

Due to the extreme cold, the giraffes will remain inside, but the zoo encouraged followers to sit tight, stay warm and relax. Zookeepers made a live stream which, unfortunately, was interrupted by bad weather. Her handlers also noticed a that the giraffe experienced a tail-raising because of the pressure.

An exact date and time of when April will be giving birth is still not known.

And although we've all been waiting on bated breath for more than two weeks now, there is no sign yet of her fourth calf. She's 15 months pregnant and could give birth at any moment, from what the upstate NY shared on their official Facebook page.

"April continues to be in great condition". However, it will be the first for her giraffe mate Oliver who is five years old. The calf will weigh around 150 pounds and be approximately 6 feet tall at birth.

April's pregnancy was catapulted into global headlines late last month after YouTube briefly yanked the zoo's stream following complaints by animal activists that it violated the site's policies concerning "nudity and sexual content". He has also launched an online contest of naming April's fourth giraffe calf once it is born.

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