Still no baby for April the giraffe

Judith QuinnApr 07, 2017

"April's website, aprilthegiraffe.com, includes a link for buying apparel from baby clothing to adult-sized hoodies imprinted with a giraffe's head and "#Aprils View Crew" along with the park's name and location.

Whether it was to avoid April Fool's Day or to prove wrong all those who said she was just waiting for this month, April the Giraffe has not yet given birth - but she may "shake things up" soon. Though she is not in active labor yet, a discharge is a sign that her body is getting ready for labor. For more than month, a live stream of the lanky, spotted, even-toed ungulate mammal has intermittently captured the attention of millions of Americans.

These are all signs she will go into labor soon, the vets said, noting followers should not be anxious.

Friday could finally be the day that the beloved animal gives birth to her calf. A calf is 6 feet tall and weighs 150 pounds on average.

"Animal Adventure Park said on its website Saturday morning, and "[the] report is that April continues to be out of normal behavior and shows signs of contractions.

April has developed a following since the zoo initially began live streaming her preparing to give birth on February 23.

This will be April's fourth calf, according to Animal Adventure Park, which is 185 miles northwest of New York City. I'll keep all posted and will let you know when the baby is on its way.

Animal Adventure Park is now in its off-season and the park is closed to visitors. That information will only become available after the calf gets born, and having taken into account the great interest people may have in learning the calf's gender, Animal Adventure Park announced that its April the Giraffe text alerts will come with a "Gender Reveal" feature. Giraffes are pregnant for 13-15 months. Viewers are inundating the Zoo with emails about the giraffe's condition.

Jordan Patch, owner of Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, said Friday morning on ABC's "Good Morning America" that "April has progressed significantly overnight and, by all means, today is not the day to stop watching".

April's popularity led to a sponsorship from Toys "R" Us, which has long featured the fictional "Geoffrey the Giraffe" as its mascot.

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