Remember April The Pregnant Giraffe: Here's Important News
Posted On May 16, 2020
HARPURSVILLE, NY — Oh, baby. April, the pregnant giraffe at the Animal Adventure Park whose pregnancy last year seemed never ending, is going to have another calf. The big announcement came Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” show.
Millions of people around the world were enthralled with April’s impending live-streamed birth in 2017, and the long-necked mom and internet starlet kept them waiting for about two months. Finally, during the month she was named for, the 16-year-old resident of the park gave birth to Tajiri as the world watched.
Baby No. 5’s birth will be live-streamed as well, park owner Jordan Patch said. But when will that be?
It’s hard to say, but Patch said we can count on April to keep us waiting again.
“The average (gestation period) for a giraffe is 15 months,” Patch told the “Today” show’s Savannah Guthrie. “April likes to go 16, 17, 18 … 19 months.”
Giraffes have extremely long gestation periods — longer than any other animal on Earth outside of elephants, whose pregnancies last about 22 months. Zookeepers observed breeding behavior in October 2015, which would have put April’s due date in February 2017, but there was some uncertainty about when the calf was conceived.
“It does not mean just because they bred, they conceived,” Patch said last year. “If anything, maybe we missed a cycle. Cycles are every 17 days, so maybe 17 days past what we thought was the due date. Or maybe 34 days after that.”
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Whether the calf will be a boy or a girl won’t be known until the big day.
Patch said the park has known for about two weeks that April is pregnant again and Oliver, Tajiri’s father, will again be a dad. You can keep track of April’s pregnancy on aprilthegiraffe.com.
Last year, more than 1.2 million viewers were watching the Animal Adventure Park live cam as April gave birth, making it one of YouTube’s top five most-watched moments, the Associated Press reported. Another 13 million more viewers tuned in throughout the day. From the moment the park posted the live stream in February, it reportedly attracted more than 232 million viewing sessions and 7.6 billion minutes of watch time.
The world doesn’t seem to have lost its enthusiasm for April — the park’s Facebook post about the television announcement had begun zooming around the internet just minutes after it was posted.
In case you missed it, here’s the live stream of April giving birth last year:
Image via Animal Adventure Park/Facebook
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