April's baby is kicking, just not coming out: zoo officials say

Posted April 10, 2017

So for another Sunday, we will all wait with April! She is acting completely normal.

So the timeline for my 24-48 hour prediction is rapidly coming to an end. not surprising is the fact that we still have no calf and we still don't have a giraffe in Labor! No, public outcry won't change that.

So we're still watching.

"We have been told by other parks that mothers will sometimes feast just before the birth", the zoo wrote on its Facebook page.

Tens of thousands of people have been tuned in for days watching the reticulated giraffe walk around her pen and do very little else, waiting until she has the baby. It can be anywhere from a slow trickle of liquid to a flow of mucus.

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The giraffe was expected to finish her gestation period - a usual giraffe pregnancy last between 13-15 months - later in the same month and give birth to her calf, but nearly two months later there has been no sign of April going into active labor.

Bulls (male giraffes) only really care about two things - fighting and "the unmentionable".

After about four months of nursing, a giraffe baby will start to eat solid foods like leaves, but will supplement with nursing and might not wean until six to 17 months. Bulls take no part in rearing young.

What if YouTube removes the video again? The last time the Kim Komando Facebook page posted her live feed, the video received over 17,000 views and over 1,700 comments! The zoo plans to have a contest to name the calf once it is born.

We learned that April is 15 years old. There is another notification now, let's hope it is about a safely arrived baby giraffe so I can take a nap. However, with human intervention, giraffes can live to 20 to 27 years old. To the world, it was an opportunity to watch the exotic pregnant animal give birth in real time-an event the zoo has been predicting since February would happen imminently, and as of Friday evening was still promising could happen any minute.

How long has April been with Animal Adventure Park?