5 things to know about April the giraffe and her calf

5 things to know about April the giraffe and her calf

5 things to know about April the giraffe and her calf

HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - April the giraffe gave birth to a male calf Saturday at Animal Adventure park, a privately owned zoo in NY, as fans watched the livestream.

The 15-year-old giraffe delivered her calf shortly before 10 a.m. EDT in an enclosed pen at the zoo in rural Harpursville. The calf was walking and nursing not long after its birth.

More than 1.2 million viewers watched the birth in real time thanks to Animal Adventure's livestream.

The calf is April's fourth, but the first born at the park. The calf's father, Oliver, who watched the birth from an adjacent pen, is a first-time father at the age of 5. A temporary web page has been set up where the public can submit their votes and help name April the giraffe's new baby giraffe.

Many have watched the pregnant giraffe through different live streams provided by numerous feeds throughout the Internet, including the CBSDFW Facebook page. In this photo provided by Animal Adventure Park in Binghamton, N.Y., a giraffe named April stands with her new calf on Saturday, April 15, 2017.

The zoo began livestreaming from April's enclosure in February. April has her own website and even a clothing line. People around the world have been tuning in daily.

The feed had been briefly interrupted by YouTube in February after complaints by some viewers over what they deemed to be "sexually explicit" content. The money will be used for the care of the animals.

The top ten names will then be picked, and a second contest will follow. Patch blamed "a handful of extremists and animal rights activists" for the interruption.

While the calf's weight is now unknown, zoo officials said they weigh around 150 pounds and are about 6-feet tall at birth. "After many months of pregnancy, both mom and calf are doing fine". Animal Adventure is now closed.

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