April the giraffe has finally given birth! Hundreds of thousands have been watching April online since February.
The 15-year-old mom giraffe is located at the Animal Adventure Park outside of Binghamton, N.Y.
She finally gave birth April 15. Now mom and the baby boy are getting to know each other, still live on the animal park's YouTube channel.
You can watch the live stream above or tap here for the animal park's listing of live videos on YouTube.
(Note: There is no audio. This is a raw video stream.)
In case you missed the birth live, Animal Adventure Park posted a Facebook video to their page:
THINGS TO KNOW: (*Info from Animal Adventure YouTube page*):
April is 15 - her 4th calf
Oliver is 5 - his 1st calf
They have some of the biggest pens in the nation. We take pride in our indoor housing and the level of enrichment and care to keep them happy and healthy.
The calf will weigh around 150lb and will be about 6' tall at birth.
The front hooves will come out first followed by the snout.
Mom will naturally raise the calf, with weaning around 6-10 months.
Once the calf is born, we will have a contest to name it.
The keepers will go in with April, clean her pen, give her treats (but not Oliver). He is a bull - and a bull is a bull is a bull!
Giraffes are pregnant for 15 months
The calf with stay with April for 6-10 months then be re-homed.
Those "things" on their heads are called ossicones.
Bulls (male giraffes) only really care about two things- fighting and the unmentionable....
They eat hay and grains but love romaine lettuce. Once in a while, they will feed April romaine right in front of the camera.
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