People really like to watch a giraffe give birth

Posted April 18, 2017

Animal Adventure Park is holding a contest to name the male calf born to April the giraffe.

April gave birth to her fourth calf Saturday.

The long-awaited offspring of internet sensation April the Giraffe is being described as strong and "very independent". "Giraffes give birth standing up, which means when the calf is ready to be born, it exits its mother hooves first from 6 feet off the floor, making for a very exciting event!" he added.

Animal Adventure Park owner Jordan Patch appeared on Good Morning America Monday, April 17, and said both April and her newborn are thriving.

Animal Adventure Park is a privately owned zoo in Harpursville about 130 miles (209 kilometers) northwest of New York City.

According to the Associated Press, a live stream of April's enclosure has been streaming since February.

April is said to have recovered perfectly and is eating "everything in sight".

April's new calf remains nameless as AAP will look to the viewers to recommend names for the park's newest giraffe.

The wait for the giraffe became an anxiety-ridden experience for some.

"Mom had a flawless delivery, ideal birthing", he said.

The calf weighs in at 129 pounds and stands 5 feet 9 inches tall. Calves start walking about half an hour after birth. At the time of the birth, 1.25 million people were watching the livestream.

The park's livestream in the giraffe pen, a huge hit since going live on February 22, continues to rank among YouTube's top five trending videos. The money will be used for the care of the animals.

Fans can enter their name choices here, and then vote as many times as they like for the next ten days. ABC7NY noted that April was pregnant for 16 months, just over the normal gestation time for a giraffe.