Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Live video feed that showed giraffe birth to be taken down

Live video feed that showed giraffe birth to be taken down

April the giraffe's calf is nursing strongly and his mother is recovering "perfectly", said officials with Animal Adventure Park on Sunday after a morning veterinarian check with the newborn. Afterwards, the spindly 6-foot-tall calf, estimated to weigh as much as 150 pounds, was seen standing at its mother's side.

Animal Adventure Park became the fifth fastest channel to 200 million views, achieving the feat in only 54 days (behind notable celebrity non-giraffes Lady Gaga and Zayn).

After months of waiting, April gave birth Saturday in Harpursville, New York, while an audience of about 1.2 million people watched live online. Patch says when he started the park 5 years ago, his goal was to simply give the community an educational opportunity - and of course, a bit of fun.

April's been expecting to give birth since February, and the world was finally notified with the click of a button. A petition has been created to name April's newborn calf after the son of "Giraffe Mom" Erin Dietrich.

After the baby weans, April, who had a flawless pregnancy and delivery, will be checked to see if she is healthy enough to sustain another pregnancy and the park will decide at that time if they'll allow it. Animal Adventure Park chose to have a fund-raising contest to name the newborn.

Funds raised will be split between the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, Ava's Little Heroes and Animal Adventure Park. The money will be used for the care of the animals.

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"This decision was made to allow us to focus on the park and our opening", the comment said.

Patch says the giraffe will be at Animal Adventure for the entire season.

Indeed, thousands of people watched online Saturday as April's calf was born at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, N.Y. Giraffes have the longest gestation period of any animal on Earth - usually around 14 to 15 months.

Then, they will find a new home for the giraffe.

But the contest to name April's baby is still going on at, where a vote for your preferred name will cost you $1, with a five-vote minimum.

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