Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Giraffe watch: April's baby repositioning

Giraffe watch: April's baby repositioning

So far, April is progressing - albeit slowly - but she still is not in labor.

In a Sunday morning update, officials posted to Facebook saying, "Keepers have noted a calming down of the calf and April carrying everything a bit towards the rear".

Watch the live stream below (NOTE: weather conditions may cause intermittent disruptions). They said the calf had been performing "giraffe karate".

The long-necked beauty peered over Oliver's pen and gazed longingly at him as she chewed the last of her breakfast. We've watched her stand there.

More than 70 million animal lovers around the world are locked into the Graffe Cam, a YouTube feed bringing a live stream from April's enclosure as she embarks on giving birth to her fourth calf. Neither she nor Oliver have been able to roam freely outdoors because of the bitter cold and heaps of snow covering the tri-state.

Additionally, April's back end has swelled double the amount it was a few days ago, her handlers said on the park's Facebook page.

The great winter storm has come and gone, but still no little giraffe at Animal Adventure Park.

In Saturday morning's update, zookeepers at Animal Adventure Park said April napped early Saturday morning with her head on her belly.

April is 15 years old and has previously birthed three calves; she has never lost a calf nor had a stillborn - an impressive run of reproductive success. When it is born, her calf is expected to weigh around 150 pounds (68 kg) and be about 6 feet (1.8 meters) tall.

The zoo will hold an online competition to name April's calf.

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