Zookeepers have been on site with April all morning Friday and all observations, behavior, and predictions suggest a calf is coming!
"April is showing all signs that we should see a calf in the next twenty-four hours", said Animal Adventure Park owner Jordan Patch posted on Facebook Friday.
She has not gone into active labor yet, but when the "countdown to calf" began two days ago, we started perking up waiting for the next update and it has arrived. "It should not be much longer". Good Morning America even has a live stream up and running.
The zoo revealed April's mood has changed from the previous days and her udders were now full of milk for the baby.
Any moment now, April, the beloved, pregnant giraffe that has distracted the Internet for weeks, could give birth.
This will be the fifteen-year-old April's fourth calf, while her five-year-old partner, Oliver, will be welcoming his first.
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There have been several false alarms along the way, and plenty of conjecture over when the lanky mom-to-be would be giving birth at Animal Adventure Park in Arpursville, New York.
3/3 Evening UpdateIt was clear to all watching, the evening keeper check was cut short by April.
Why is April's mate, Oliver, kept separate from April?
But in all seriousness, giraffes keep their pregnancies low profile, instinctively hiding signs of labor from predators who might harm their newborns. Bulls take no part in rearing young.
April has been with Animal Adventure Park since September 2015 and this is her first calf birth at the park. The keepers also provide April's morning meal, reloading the hay feeders and dishing up 4 to 6 quarts (3.8 to 5.7 liters) of a specialized dry food produced commercially for giraffes and other African grazers.
Once the calf is born and the sex is determined, Animal Adventures will post a contest announcement on their social media platforms where you can submit your name suggestions.
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