April the giraffe's, 'baby is kicking, just not coming out!'
- Author: Lila Blake Apr 14, 2017,
Apr 14, 2017, 0:55
"They wrote", animals do not develop milk unless supporting a pregnancy. Since giraffes do not typically have large udders like cows, keepers say the development "truly suggests calving in the near future". Animal enthusiasts expected her to give birth in the first few days of April, but the days have gone by and April is still very pregnant.
She got another full day outdoors Wednesday.
Akili, the mother, was born at the Memphis Zoo in 2010, The father, 7-year-old Niklas, came to the Memphis Zoo in 2015 from the Naples Zoo in Florida. Keepers and vets are monitoring her activity level; increased pacing may signify active labor. An update from the team says: "We did note significant movement from the calf today during observation times".
The zoo tells us to keep watching, and we are - along with everyone else.
"Patience is a virtue."
The calf will be April's fourth calf and her mate Oliver's first calf.
April the giraffe's loyal band of live streamers and 26,700 or so Twitter followers continue to await any signs of a calf baby. April will raise her calf naturally, and weaning could take between 6 to 10 months, maybe longer.
"A giraffe has thick skin, a pretty compact body, it's a lot harder to find the baby when it's small". But it hasn't arrived soon enough for prying eyes, who have launched conspiracy theories against the zoo and claimed the giraffe is nothing more than a mere marketing stunt. Thousands upon thousands of commenters voiced their frustration on Facebook and YouTube, and the stream was restored within an hour or so.
The Facebook updates also recently have noticed discharge and dampness from April the giraffe's back end, additional signs that it's nearly time for the birth to begin. Oliver is only allowed inside with April a little at a time and under close supervision.
Since the privately owned zoo's giraffe cam began live-streaming video from April's enclosure people around the world check on the status of April's 15-month pregnancy.