April, who had been due to give birth in January or February at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, in western NY, was pregnant for at least 16 months, compared with the typical gestation period of 15 months, according to zoo officials.
April, a 15-year-old giraffe kept in a U.S. zoo, gave birth to a calf on a live feed to an internet audience of over a million people yesterday.
Geoffrey the Giraffe, Toys "R" Us's beloved mascot, was flawless for the Animal Adventure Park's live giraffe cam on YouTube.
Keeping the calf "would lead to incestuous mating and undermine the genetics of the program and species", the Animal Adventure Park's website says. Eventually, the baby giraffe, which is April's fourth child, will be moved to a different facility. People around the world have been tuning in daily. The proud papa, a 5-year-old giraffe named Oliver, watched from an adjacent pen. The internet spent days arguing about the color of a dress, and livestreams have allowed people all over the world to watch and comment on police chases, sporting events, and political protests together. The money will be used for the care of the animals. Millions have viewed the livestream since it started in late February.
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The wait for the giraffe became an anxiety-ridden experience for some. Unlike humans, giraffes are pregnant for up to 15 months! A Farmington, New Hampshire, songwriter even posted a music video on YouTube called, "I'm Going Crazy Waiting (For A Giraffe)". Animal Adventure is now closed.
The calf is expected to weigh about 150 pounds (68.04 kilograms) and be about 6 feet (1.83 meters) tall.
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