April the giraffe: calf is 'strong and independent'

Adventure Park in Binghamton N.Y. a giraffe named April kisses her new calf on Saturday

April the giraffe: calf is 'strong and independent'

It is unsurprising that people are invested in this particular baby giraffe, as he went viral long before he was born.

Birth stats for April the giraffe's new calf were revealed Sunday by Animal Adventure Park in NY on its Facebook page.

Netizens can vote as many times as they like. The park is charging $1 per vote with a 5-vote minimum.

In a statement made by Jordan Patch, Animal Adventure Park owner, through NBC News, he said: "His entrance into the world was unnerving to even those of us who have witnessed animal births previously". The money raised will be used for giraffe conservation efforts, the charity Ava's Little Heroes and also go toward supporting the Animal Adventure Park where April the giraffe and her calf reside.

The park is allowing people to submit and vote on names for 10 days.

After the end of the first part of the contest we will reveal the top ten names. The first phase of the promotion began Saturday, and will last for 10 days.

"All reports are that the baby is healthy, with a height of 5'9" and weighing 129 pounds.

"It's too amusing that Baby G is camera shy (unlike #AprilTheGiraffe) and chooses the one corner we can't see - well played baby boy!" commented one Twitter user. But eventually, after the baby is weaned, it will move on to be paired with young females at another zoo, where it will produce calves of its own, Patch said.

YouTube says April's livestream had more than 232 million live views and 7.6 billion minutes of live watch time since February, second only to League of Legends eSports, which has been around since 2012.

In a cultural and political landscape as divisive as 2017, one of the very few things the internet managed to come together and set aside its differences for was, of all things, a live feed of a pregnant giraffe about to give birth. Her 16-month pregnancy became a bit of a frantic joke online, as those religiously watching the giraffe expressed their exasperation in memes and Facebook comments.

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