Zookeepers say April the giraffe’s well-watched pregnancy could soon come to an end – with the birth of a giraffe calf.
“April’s condition remains the same as days prior, for which we are thankful”.
Officials with the park would not go as far as to say the giraffe was in active labor, but continued to say things were getting “close“.
But severe weather hitting the East Coast is causing some problems with the live video feed.
On Friday, April’s baby started kicking out. They give birth to calves while standing to avoid breakage of the amniotic sac.
April was wide awake early Monday, the baby bump clearly visible as she chewed on some food in an otherwise darkened pen.
But just as April’s pregnancy appeared to be reaching its crescendo, the live stream went offline Tuesday morning – and then it was back up again.
On March 12, Animal Adventure Park posted on its Facebook page an update of the pregnant giraffe’s status, showing a photo of the giraffe’s wax caps. According to Patch, this great response is due to the natural curiosity people have toward giraffes.
They report slight discharge, swelling, pulsing, and other signs. We’ve watched her stand there.
Babies always choose the most inconvenient times to make their appearance, and it seems giraffes are no different. “April is doing what she does best, and waiting, and we are thankful!” the park wrote. “So if it’s a girl, she needs to be named either Stella (the winter storm name) or Elsa (the “Frozen” snow queen of course )”. “However, once we are final stages of the labor – the process is quick”. It is estimated that the average giraffe labor and delivery takes less than 60 minutes, though there is always the chance April’s labor will be different. After 18 months of carrying around a giant calf, April is finally on the verge of giving birth.
During the Livestream, April has shown followers her purple tongue, while they wait anxiously for the baby.