Published: Fri, April 14, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

April the Giraffe is having a baby, ready to give birth

April the Giraffe is having a baby, ready to give birth

As zookeepers and the world's leading animal experts have repeatedly said in recent days, April's pregnancy is not just science - it's a form of art. Furthermore - giraffes do not develop large udders like cattle etc, so to see this much development truly suggests calving in the near future.

This remarkable news story has come from something which happens on a regular basis and is a reasonably ordinary occurrence; a giraffe giving birth.

She got another full day outdoors Wednesday.

"We are waiting for increased pacing to indicate an active labor situation has begun, in addition to pushing/contractions", the zoo said in a Facebook update. An update from the team says: "We did note significant movement from the calf today during observation times". "So, be watching of behavioral changes!"

How can we tell if April is contracting?

"Patience is a virtue."
Because this is her first baby, Akili "did not provide appropriate maternal behavior", the zoo explained in a press release.

You can watch the live stream below. A marketing storm has been stirred up as millions of animal lovers around the world tune in, patiently waiting for April to give birth.

April has never lost a calf or had a stillborn. In this photo, a giraffe is seen during an annular solar eclipse in the reserve of Castillo de las Guardas, Spain October 3, 2005.

"We can not retain offspring, as it would lead to incestuous mating and undermine the genetics of the program and species", the zoo says.

More updates on April's pregnancy should arrive soon.

Animal Adventure Park began streaming on February 23 on YouTube showing April preparing to give birth, drawing worldwide attraction.

He added that April's pregnancy is not just live entertainment, but a teachable moment and source for education.

April's keepers said the pregnant giraffe is moving around quite a bit.

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

Reticulated giraffes give birth standing to infants who are already around six feet tall and weigh over 100 pounds. Patch plans to hold an online naming competition for the baby after it's born.

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