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He Checks Out! Birth Stats Revealed For April The Giraffe's Calf

He Checks Out! Birth Stats Revealed For April The Giraffe's Calf

While first-time dad Oliver sported a politely puzzled look on his face when he realized that suddenly there were two giraffes in the pen next to him at Animal Adventure Park, the 1.2 million fans watching the live stream knew exactly what it meant, sharing their excitement on Twitter.

In this photo provided by Animal Adventure Park in Binghamton, N.Y., a giraffe named April kisses her new calf on Saturday, April 15, 2017.

"April has recovered perfectly and is eating everything in sight!"

It may seem absurd that more than a million people all across the globe patiently waited for the birth of a baby giraffe, but that's exactly what happened when April the giraffe finally gave birth to her baby calf last Saturday at a New York Zoo.

According to the zoo's Facebook page, the baby giraffe had a check up and is doing well.

In a statement made by Jordan Patch, Animal Adventure Park owner, through NBC News, he said: "His entrance into the world was unnerving to even those of us who have witnessed animal births previously". Expected to give birth in February, April had millions of viewers on the zoo's live feed in a tizzy, hoping that they'd all be there for the moment of the baby's arrival.

The 15-year-old giraffe had her baby around 9 a.m. Saturday morning.

This is April's fourth calf, but Animal Adventure Park's first giraffe calf. This is his first offspring. A GoFundMe fundraiser page that initially set a goal of $50,000 sat at more than $134,000 by Saturday night.

The zoo is now giving the public a say in naming the giraffe.

April the Giraffe's newborn struggles to find its footing shortly after being born during a livestream on YouTube.

The zoo began streaming live footage of April's pen on February 10, but the feed was briefly banned from YouTube for "nudity and sexual content" two weeks later.

You can follow the baby's progress there, and through regular text updates.


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