Giraffe watch: Distracted April's rear end shows 'significant' b

Giraffe watch: Distracted April's rear end shows 'significant' b

Celebrity tag was bestowed on the giraffe in February when Animal Adventure Park launched a live stream on YouTube to make the world watch her birth pangs.

At Animal Adventure Park in New York, April, who had been off her feed lately, began gorging on Thursday, giving zoo officials hope that her delivery is at hand.

"Her body/belly is much less beach balled, as the bulges have streamlined, perhaps suggesting a new position of [the] calf", they said in a post on their Facebook page.

On Sunday night, officials said the giraffe is not overdue and there are no concerns that she has yet to give birth.

But we'll keep watching with you.

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

The zoo's giraffe experts are part of an ongoing project in Uganda in Africa, which is aimed at helping and preserving the Rothschild's giraffe in the wild.

A giraffe calf is typically six feet tall and weighs between 100 and 150 pounds at birth. Patch plans to hold an online naming competition for the baby after it's born.

Ora is said to have delivered her youngster smoothly following a four-hour labour bringing an end to her 15-month pregnancy. But since late March, as viewers became increasingly anxious, a third giraffe suddenly appeared on screen with April and her baby's father, Oliver-only it wasn't the one people were expecting. "The fact that you're gonna get to witness the miracle of birth from an animal that you really don't get to see give birth - that's neat".

For those who want to participate in the naming of the baby after the birth finally takes place, Animal Adventure Park also noted that the naming contest will be shared after the baby arrives to avoid any risk of "jinxing" the process. She's an experienced mum and a few hours later she delivered the calf safely onto soft straw as the rest of the herd, including her other young Kidepo and Millie, looked on.

There's been a lot of speculation of how long April has been in labor and if she's actually contracting.

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Veterinarians at Animal Adventure Park has been posting daily updates on their Facebook page.

Giraffes can be in labor anywhere from hours to a full day.

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