April, the pregnant giraffe at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, is keeping millions of people across the world engaged as they wait for her to give birth. But the giraffe doesn’t seem to be in any hurry!
The upstate New York zoo posts regular updates on its Facebook page, which is followed by over 850,000 people, to keep them informed about the giraffe’s health. The evening update Monday, however, was a little different as the zoo chose to put down the vet’s words instead of their regular observations.
“April Update - still happy, still healthy, still not in labor,” the vet said, according to the post. “Predicting these things is next to impossible, so I go by physical and behavioral changes that the staff and I observe each day.”
Explaining that there isn’t enough data on when exactly she will go into labor, the vet say things get more “aggravated” when the subject in question is an internet sensation, like April. The zoo, in February, set up a livestream for people to be a part of the giraffe’s pregnancy. The livestream has around 90,000 people hooked onto it at any given time. You can watch the livestream here.
“So today not much in the physical change department but behaviorally she is a little off,” the vet added in the update. “She didn't come running over when I got there and took a bit of coaxing to kiss the camera for carrots after my visit.”
The team at the zoo is trying to keep April “happy and healthy” as she prepares to give birth to her fourth calf. Oliver, her neighbor and mate, is five-years-old. This will be his first calf.
Giraffe's pregnancy lasts for 15 months, the zoo said, and at birth, the calf is 6-feet-tall and weighs about 150 pounds. April’s calf will be named through a contest that will be held by the zoo after it is born.