Baby giraffe undergoes a plasma transfusion to save its life

Melba UnderwoodMar 05, 2017

For days the world watched intently when a NY zoo set up a live stream video feed as their giraffe, April, prepared to give birth to her fourth calf.

Five-foot-tall Dobby, a male reticulated giraffe, was born at 3 mother Kipele.

She's carrying a baby that could be about six feet tall and weigh as much as 150 pounds.

The birth happened as people watched a livestream of it from New York's Animal Adventure Park.

The feed went live on February 24, 2017, but so far April has not given birth.

"Staff was monitoring Kipele overnight when she went into labor", said Brian Aucone, Denver Zoo senior vice president for Animal Care and Conservation, in a press statement.

But while the world waits for April's calf to finally turn up - and after a 15-month gestation period, one can only imagine she is among the most keen for it to be over - another giraffe made a decision to take its opportunity.

"April, as many of you observed, had a good night but very active", the zoo wrote in its daily update on Facebook.

"Mother and baby are resting and bonding in the Zoo's giraffe building and are not yet viewable to the public", officials said.

Eventually, they were able to confirm her pregnancy.

Giraffes have one of the longest gestation periods in the animal kingdom, and are pregnant for up to 15 months. Patch says the natural curiosity surrounding giraffes and their birthing process has been a huge factor in drawing crowds.

Dobby, who initially was not nursing, had to be provided critical care by zoo staff, but is now back on track.

Giraffes are pregnant for 15 months, according to Animal Adventure Park.

When April does give birth, she will do so standing up, meaning that the calf will face quit a tumble.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has several giraffe that are trained to give blood donations.

Park officials are waiting until the calf's hooves are visible to announce that the baby is on its way.

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