Wait is over for April the giraffe, YouTube star and new mom
Wait is over for April the giraffe, YouTube star and new mom
16 Abril, 2017, 10:41
While it may not sound like the most graceful way to enter the world, the fall breaks the amniotic sac, severs the umbilical cord and "most importantly, encourages the calf to take its first breaths".
April has been pregnant for about 16 months and has spent most of that time as a viral sensation.
The zoo announced that April was in labor Saturday morning around 7:30. Today, all that waiting has FINALLY paid off: After 15 months (yes, FIFTEEN months) with child, April has finally given birth. The 15-year-old pregnant giraffe gave birth in an enclosed pen in Harpursville, New York, The Guardianreports. The collision with the ground helps shatter the amniotic sac and helps her new baby breathe for the first time on its own. Giraffe calves slide out of their standing mothers and fall several feet to the ground, but this was expected, and the calf was uninjured and was on its legs within an hour or so.
The park's owner Jordan Patch confirmed April was about to give birth in a statement posted to Facebook: "We are in labour, 100%!" he said.
The feed had been briefly interrupted by YouTube in February after complaints by some viewers over what they deemed to be "sexually explicit" content. I highly recommend watching the stream, where one can truly see the loving bond April and her calf share.
Although April's pregnancy went without hitch, her ascent to internet stardom has been rife with controversy.
The yet-to-be-named calf is the fourth calf for 15-year-old April.
There had been false starts before, but not far away in a pen in upstate NY, two hooves were peeking out of April's backside. The money will be used for the care of the animals.
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