Online users eagerly waiting for 'April the giraffe' to go into labor

Online users eagerly waiting for 'April the giraffe' to go into labor

Online users eagerly waiting for 'April the giraffe' to go into labor

People who've visited the park in previous months knew of April's pregnancy and the park has been receiving inquiries about her giving birth.

Zookeepers at Animal Adventure Park said that April the Giraffe is moving slower and her belly continues to grow, all signs that mean her delivery is coming along well.

Patch, in an interview with FOX 8 earlier this month, said April and Oliver first got together in October 2015, putting her due date between mid-January and mid-February of this year. As of Thursday afternoon, more than 131,000 people were watching. Her partner, Oliver, is five years old, and it will be his first calf.

The live video feed, which began last month, shows April pacing around her stall at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, N.Y. Viewers have been told she is expected to give birth soon.

The zoo said they "popped a latch on their stall door" Wednesday. The pregnant giraffe is going through some odd positioning, mood changes and significant swelling.

The keepers will go in with April, clean her pen, give her treats (but not Oliver).

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. Millions have watched, some keeping that live stream going 24/7. Here are some fun facts about April and her baby.

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"We start counting our days and developing a birthing window based on witnessed mating behavior", said Jordan Patch, owner of Animal Adventure Park.

The zoo also posts daily video updates on their Facebook page about April.

Park officials wrote online that "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 unborn calf will stand around six foot tall and weigh 150 pounds when born.

The calf will remain unnamed until fans vote on their name through a contest on Facebook.

Giraffes can be in labor anywhere from hours to a full day.