April the Giraffe has some 'bulging' on backend, keepers say

April the Giraffe has some 'bulging' on backend, keepers say

A more normalized routine with the return of warmer temperatures and increased yard time could help speed up labor though, according to Animal Adventure Park, the upstate zoo live-streaming the giraffe's pregnancy for the world.

April's handlers said Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" has been playing on repeat in their heads as they monitor April's development.

Giraffe mania has been sweeping the globe, thanks to a breakout star at the Animal Adventure Park in upstate NY.

Baby giraffe Kenai stands next to his mother Dioni on August 31, 2016 at the zoo in La Fleche, France.

While we continue to wait for April's new arrival, the Chester Zoo in Cheshire, England welcomed a baby giraffe of its own Monday.

We still don't know the birthday for April's calf either but the world seems to keep watching and waiting.

The said they're hoping for a "launch sequence!"

"We can not retain offspring, as it would lead to incestuous mating and undermine the genetics of the program and species", the zoo said. This is the zoo's first giraffe calf.

Once the calf is born, Animal Adventure Park will have a contest to name it. The Chester Zoo in Chester, England, captured video of a rare giraffe being born.




Needless to say, all this attention has been a major boon for the Animal Adventure Park, which is selling April-related souvenirs on its website, including T-shirts that read "April's View Crew" and "Push, April, Push".

Tens of thousands of people have been tuned in for days watching the reticulated giraffe walk around her pen and do very little else, waiting until she has the baby.

The heavily pregnant giraffe enjoyed being outdoors a bit Wednesday.

As for how the weather might affect the birth of this much-anticipated baby, Animal Adventure Park also revealed that there's "mild flooding" along the rivers. We've got to stand tall for these awesome animals.

Zookeepers still need to determine the calf's gender - something which is not immediately possible when a baby giraffe is born. 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.

The park also posted the following facts on their Facebook page.

Upon naturally weaning, the calf will move on to another facility to start a breeding program there.

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

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