April the giraffe's continuing pregnancy saga

April the giraffe's continuing pregnancy saga

April the giraffe's continuing pregnancy saga

On Monday morning, the park issued another update, which told viewers to watch for behavioral changes and noted the keepers are now waiting for "increased pacing" from April.

All eyes are still on April the giraffe as she moves closer to giving birth at an upstate NY zoo. "Mind you, we did expect a calf sooner than this - but that is all part of the journey!"

April's vet has said there isn't enough data on giraffe pregnancies to determine exactly when April could go into labor.

April and Oliver have also been enjoying their new enrichment toys, the park reports. "There was chatter at the beginning of the year about giraffe milk as a Super Food".

The calf will be April's fourth calf and her mate Oliver's first calf. Labor lasts anywhere from a few hours to a few days. "For any hoaxers or * a class="_58cn" href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/fakenews?source=feed_text&story_id=955970851172461" data-ft="{"tn":"*N","type":104}" *#Fakenews stories questioning April and the pregnancy - a quick biology lesson - animals do not develop milk unless supporting a pregnancy. The Express gave hourly updates from the zookeepers, who are watching closely while April was outside "looking increasingly restless with lots of tail swishing". There is no reason for worry about her or the calf's health.

"Both Animal Adventure Park and Toys "R" Us have the common goal of bringing awareness to the plight of the giraffe as well as the need to create a sustainable future for them", the Facebook post stated. She could give birth at any moment.

The zoo said it will hold an online competition to name the baby giraffe once it's born. As April enjoys more time outside, the reminder is here that the Animal Adventure Park will open their doors on May 13. The calf will weigh around 150 pounds and be approximately 6 feet tall at birth.

Mom will naturally raise the calf, with weaning could take between 6-10 months, maybe longer.

Bulls (male giraffes) only really care about two things - fighting and "the unmentionable". There is no telling when April's waters will burst and when she will finally give birth. Once her calf is born and she is done nursing it, he or she will move on to another facility as it's rare to keep family members together with fear of incest. Oliver is only allowed inside with April a little at a time and under close supervision.

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