Buffalo Zoo Giraffe Keeper on April sensation
"We have been told by other parks that mothers will sometimes feast just before the birth", Animal Adventure Park said. "Who knows and here is to hoping!"
"They are together simply because to isolate them would cause further stress", the park said when answering questions from live stream viewers.
"April's website, aprilthegiraffe.com, includes a link for buying apparel from baby clothing to adult-sized hoodies imprinted with a giraffe's head and "#Aprils View Crew" along with the park's name and location.
Watch the live stream below.
A GoFundMe page set up for April, giraffe father Oliver and their calf has raised more than $100,000 out of a goal of $50,000. April's udder changes have been significant in recent days, and keepers say udder development "occurs, generally, just prior to birthing". As for how much longer Toys "R" Us' Geoffrey the Giraffe will be hanging out with April, that remains to be determined.
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When giraffes are in active labor, the baby's hooves emerge first.
In a Facebook post Friday, they expected April to give birth soon, and they would be "shocked" if she went through the weekend without giving birth. So because of fears of inbreeding, the calf will be relocated to another facility once the weaning process is over.
"We can not retain offspring, as it would lead to incestuous mating and undermine the genetics of the program and species", the zoo said.
April's popularity led to a sponsorship from Toys "R" Us, which has long featured the fictional "Geoffrey the Giraffe" as its mascot. Thousands upon thousands of commenters voiced their frustration on Facebook and YouTube, and the stream was restored within an hour or so.
Dr. Tim, April's vet at Animal Adventure Park, said that April is not delayed and is safe, so there's nothing to worry about the pregnant giraffe.
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Although it might be quite a drop, and they may fall to the ground with a bit of a thud, it's how giraffe calves arrive into the world and it stimulates them into taking their first breaths.
"He was so cute with his little ears, so yeah, I was so glad we got to see it", Helms said. On Monday, giraffes were born at zoos in Toledo, Ohio, and Cheshire, England.
Zookeepers say that Orla delivered her youngster smoothly following a four-hour labour; bringing an end to her 15-month pregnancy.
Bulls (male giraffes) only really care about two things- fighting and the unmentionable....
The calf will weigh around 150 pounds and will be about 6 feet tall at birth.
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