Caretakers at Animal Adventure Park in New York are reporting that viral sensation April the giraffe is getting closer and closer to giving birth to her fourth calf.
But, “she has fooled us before,” the park shared on Facebook.
According to vet reports posted Monday on the park’s Facebook page, April is “still happy, still healthy, still not in labor,” though vets observed some interesting behavior overnight.
Unlike a dog, cat, human, horse, cow or goat, caretakers wrote, predicting when she’ll enter active labor is “next to impossible.”
On Tuesday, the park plans to install enrichment items including a bumper for "tossing around" and a puzzle feeder — both visible from camera view.
Over the weekend, caretakers noted “calf giraffe cartwheels inside mommy’s belly.”
And last Thursday, they witnessed “some very interesting behavior that had us on edge” during the early hours. Caretakers thought she was possibly going into a labor situation due to the significant pulsing, but after further review, vets believe the calf was repositioning, according to a Q&A Facebook Live shared on the park’s page.
April also had increased swelling in her backend area late last week and vets noted “significant baby kicks from within,” the park shared on Facebook.
“Ladies and gentlemen - we are close,” the park wrote. “We are still not confirming active labor, but will state all physical signs are headed in the right direction.”
Millions of people around the world have been tuning into the much-anticipated live birth, which first started making headlines last month after YouTube briefly took the zoo's livestream down Thursday when animal activists complained the video violated policies against “nudity and sexual content.”
But after the zoo urged commenters to voice their frustrations — and thousands did — YouTube restored the stream within an hour.
The park said it expects the calf, which will be born to April and 5-year-old Oliver, will weigh about 150 pounds and will be nearly six feet tall when it is born.
Continue watching the live cam of April the giraffe below:
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