Surprise! Denver Zoo quietly welcomes newborn giraffe

04 March, 2017, 00:37 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Giraffe Watch: Still no baby calf for April the Giraffe

In fact, the media spotlight is arguably greater. "Watch closely for strong kicks from within!"

April, a 15-year-old giraffe, lives at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, near Binghamton in NY state.

The zoo said it will hold an online competition to name the baby giraffe once it's born. But it's unlikely they anticipated the level of interest.

April's pregnancy was catapulted into global headlines last week after YouTube briefly yanked the zoo's live stream following complaints by animal activists that it violated the site's policies concerning "nudity and sexual content".

The little giraffe won't be all that little.

The birth comes at a time when millions have tuned into a New York Zoo's livestream of their pregnant giraffe April's delivery. And to elaborate on that, we observed the breeding behavior about mid-October. It does not mean just because they bred, they conceived.

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So if anything, maybe we missed a cycle. So maybe 17 days past what we thought will be the due date.

The zoo has also been hit with other problems since starting the live feed.

But that didn't stop someone from complaining to YouTube that it was "sexually explicit" content with nudity, prompting YouTube to take down the live stream on February 23.

The father of the baby giraffe is called Oliver but it is not yet known if the baby giraffe will be a boy or a girl.

The world has been waiting with bated breath for more than a week for April the giraffe to give birth. Apparently, Dobby was a bit of a surprise to zookeepers - his mother Kipele was on birth control when she was impregnated, according to The Denver Post. At birth, the calf measured 5 feet tall and weighed 73 pounds, which is on the smaller side for giraffes, according to zoo officials.

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