dglobalnews.com He's how tall? Birth stats out for April the giraffe's calf
Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Orlando Mckenzie

He's how tall? Birth stats out for April the giraffe's calf

He's how tall? Birth stats out for April the giraffe's calf

From Britain to Barbados, from America to Argentina, they had logged on at a rate of up to five million a day in the hope of seeing April the giraffe give birth.

Throughout the pregnancy, the park noted that baby giraffes are often born 6 feet tall and 150 pounds.

The mama giraffe tenderly licked her calf, which began to slowly pick its head up from the floor of the pen. At the time of the birth, 1.25 million people were watching the livestream.

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".

"We're going to see that baby and mom really develop a handsome bond", Patch said.

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After 16 months and many hours of live-streaming, April the giraffe finally gave birth. 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.

April the Giraffe's newborn struggles to find its footing shortly after being born during a livestream on YouTube.

April is also recovering well and eating heartily, her keepers report. A GoFundMe fundraiser page that initially set a goal of $50,000 sat at more than $134,000 by Saturday night. A naming contest is actually in the works to help name April's baby calf.

The yet-to-be-named calf is the fourth calf for 15-year-old April.

The park is allowing people to submit and vote on names for 10 days. Calves start walking about half an hour after birth. Male giraffes don't help raise their young. The nearest city is Binghamton, about 15 minutes away.

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