April the Giraffe Gives Birth! See Her New Baby

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It’s finally happened!

For months, the Internet has been captivated by the livestream of a pregnant April the giraffe, pacing around her pen at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, waiting to give birth.

And on Saturday morning, April’s baby finally arrived.

Officials at Animal Adventure Park went live on Facebook Saturday morning, saying the labor alert had gone out and that the the zoo’s team was assembling to assist in the birth.

The officials initially said they anticipated that the baby calf would emerge within two hours, and that the birth could take as little as 30 minutes. But viewers watching saw a swift birth, the baby coming just before 10:00 a.m. local time.

April has been pregnant for around 16 months, park officials say. She already has three other calves, a local Fox affiliate reported.

Giraffes are categorized as “vulnerable to extinction” on the IUCN Red List, and their number has decreased by about 40% in the last three decades, according to April’s website.

In the months since April has been munching hay and flirting with her baby daddy on live TV, zoos around the world have welcomed the arrival of at least 5 baby giraffes with little fanfare.

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