April the Giraffe Finally Gives Birth as More Than One Million Watch

Adventure Park's YouTube streaming of 15-year-old April the giraffe is capturing the moment live.

Despite the birth being a point of interest for so long, there were quite a few people who didn't seem equipped to handle watching an animal birth.

The feed was launched in February and quickly picked up an intense following of viewers hoping to catch the first glimpses of a baby giraffe.

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The feed of April's pregnancy had been briefly interrupted by YouTube in February after complaints by some viewers over what they deemed to be "sexually explicit" content.

A little after 7:30 AM, she went into labor, and her calf was born just before 10:00.

The calf, April's fourth, will stay with her until he's weaned, which usually happens within six to twelve months, then, sadly, the plan is for him to move onto a different facility. People around the world have been tuning in daily. The proud father is a 5-year-old giraffe named Oliver, who took no part in the delivery and is destined by nature to be a deadbeat dad.

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A competition will be held to come up with a name for the calf. Jordan Patch, owner of the Animal Adventure Park, blamed "a handful of extremists and animal rights activists" for the interruption.

The wait for the giraffe became an anxiety-ridden experience for some. "We had a giraffe baby together;" "Everybody sticking their neck out for this baby giraffe;" and "On a day where "mother of all bombs" is a trending phrase, I love how the world unites over the birth of a baby giraffe". The 6-foot-tall (1.83-meter) calf is estimated to weigh as much as 150 pounds (68 kg).

The park is now closed to the public and will open in mid-May.

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