Another Missing Puzzle Piece Added to April the Giraffe's Mysterious Pregnancy

by Noah Mcgee April 8, 2017, 7:27
Another Missing Puzzle Piece Added to April the Giraffe's Mysterious Pregnancy

A recent keeper's report indicated significant change to April's shape, according to the post; she's "much less beach-balled" and her "bulges" have "streamlined", meaning, perhaps, the calf's position has shifted in preparation for the "launch sequence" that the world has been waiting for.

Get daily updates here on Animal Adventure Park's Facebook page.

Despite no big news, April continues to show signs that her baby is on the way. We have been told by other parks that mothers will sometimes feast just before the birth.

Welp, April the giraffe still hasn't given birth and, frankly, we're over it. "Who knows and here is to hoping!" they wrote on Facebook.

Pregnancies of giraffe are long drawn affairs, running into an average of 15 months and the labor may last for a few hours to days. Keeping families together increases the risk of incestuous mating which would weaken the next generation's genetics and reduce the species' chances of survival. Regarding the calf's gender, Animal Adventure Park said their ultrasound equipment could not determine if April the giraffe will be having a boy or a girl.

Once April's baby is born the zoo will hold an online competition to name it.

Animal Adventure Park has pledged to donate some of the money it raises from the April the Giraffe sponsorship, along with related merchandise it sells, to further giraffe conservation efforts around the world.

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Yes, it is really a case of "world waiting on edge" ever since the pregnant giraffe's live-streaming became a sensation.

As for how the weather might affect the birth of this much-anticipated baby, Animal Adventure Park also revealed that there's "mild flooding" along the rivers. April's fans can even sign up for text alerts on her progress through the park now.

"He was so cute with his little ears, so yeah, I was so glad we got to see it", Helms said.

A website capitalized on the video outage with a fake April Fools' Day story that claimed zoo officials admitted April was a male giraffe named Greg.

"I always am overwhelmed with God's design so that was my first thought", she said.

The park posted the following update Monday morning, noting "pushing contractions" that were observed by numerous thousands of people tuning in, waiting for the 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.

Giraffes can be in labor anywhere from two to six hours.

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