Columbus zoo sheds light on giraffe birthing process

Giraffe Watch: April closer to labor, baby calf 'sticking out'

Giraffe Watch: April closer to labor, baby calf 'sticking out'

In videos posted on the park's Facebook page this week, Patch has said that he's been busy tending to his 200-plus other animals and that the flood of emails has become "so overbearing" that he's asking people to stop sending them.

April the Giraffe's baby is "sticking out", the zookeeper at Central NY's Animal Adventure Park said on Facebook on Sunday night. However, they did say there was "significant kicks and movements occurring on April's left side".

This is Animal Adventure's first giraffe calf. They are inundating the Zoo with emails about the giraffe's condition.

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Meanwhile, another resident at the Animal Adventure Park, Alyssa the pygmy goat, has given birth to twins.

The Thursday evening updates were also quite positive, as Animal Adventure Park stated that temperatures are on the rise once again, with snow in the area melting away. April was elsewhere when she gave birth to her first three calves, and this one will be the Harpursville zoo's first giraffe calf. Both Keepers and Vet report further back end swell, no change in discharge or lactation. The giraffe's labor has been an anticipated one.

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Thus, viewers around the world watch with bated breath every time the female giraffe lift's her tail. Animal Adventure felt this was a good way to keep those who wanted to follow along with April informed.

The parents-to-be were allowed some quality time in April's pen as the keepers at the Animal Adventure Park cleaned out her beau's area. She has never lost a calf nor suffered a stillbirth.

When it's born, he or she will weigh around 150 pounds and will be about 6′ tall! The Animal Adventure Park says they can not keep the calf because it would lead to incestuous mating and would "undermine the genetics of the program and species". "Factor in poaching, and habitat destruction, the odds are against Giraffes!"

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