Make-A-Wish, Animal Adventure Park grant OH boy's wish

April the Giraffe recently granted a wish of a 10-year-old boy

April the Giraffe recently granted a wish of a 10-year-old boy

After months of watching and waiting for April to give birth on Animal Adventure Park's live feed, his family knew exactly what his wish would be.

Alex, who is non-verbal, has complications including a brain injury, epilepsy and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) due to loss of oxygen during his birth. Millions of people tuned into a live-stream, eagerly anticipating the arrival of her calf. His mom, Dawn Johnson, adopted Alex at the age of four.

The Johnson family said they always felt a connection between their family and April's. The young boy chose to have a personal meet and greet with April the Giraffe, Oliver, Tajiri, and the zoo staff at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville. Her birth was broadcast to an online audience of more than a million viewers.

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"He was so sick and just sleeping", Johnson recalled.

Sponsored by the Make a Wish foundation, Alex's dream of meeting the famous giraffe, he watched from pregnancy to birth, finally came true.

"Alex and his family are just wonderful, wonderful people", Program Services Manager for Make-A-Wish in Central New York, Heidi Robinson, said.

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"I woke him up and told him that April was having the baby".

Thousands of visitors have been pouring in to see April the Giraffe and her baby son. "This is huge for us".

Alex and his family were accompanied by the Animal Adventure Owner Jordan Patch and the animal caregivers.

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The Make-A-Wish Foundation in NY applauded the Animal Adventure Park for their eagerness to grant the wish and for being helpful from the beginning. "April has had such an impact worldwide and we want to ensure that her exposure not only has an impact on animal conservation efforts but also on any lives that she can touch in a positive way". "They are such a strong loving family and to see a child of these circumstances really be able to just enjoy a day that's just for him is incredible".

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