April the giraffe in NY has calf before 1.2 million online

April, a giraffe at the zoo, gave birth to a male Saturday while many watched on live stream, according to National Public Radio. Her male calf weighs 129 pounds and stands at 5 feet, 9 inches tall.

"April has recovered perfectly and is eating everything in sight!"

Animal Adventure Park has finally been able to welcome their newest addition after months of waiting, April's calf.

The team also said the calf was "nursing strongly this morning without any concerns".

The calf was born yesterday at the zoo in Harpursville, New York, about 209 km northwest of New York City. About 45 minutes after it was born, the calf stood on its wobbly legs for the first time while mom helped keep her baby steady.

In a statement made by Jordan Patch, Animal Adventure Park owner, through NBC News, he said: "His entrance into the world was unnerving to even those of us who have witnessed animal births previously".

"It's too amusing that Baby G is camera shy (unlike #AprilTheGiraffe) and chooses the one corner we can't see - well played baby boy!" commented one Twitter user.

This is April's fourth calf, but Animal Adventure Park's first giraffe calf. This is his first offspring.

April's fans can continue to watch mother and baby on livestream now.

April is very protective of her attractive son, as many new mothers are wont to be.

April has her own website and even an apparel line.

Animal Adventure park is now closed to the public and will open in mid-May. The zoo is now running a promotion to name him, and through it they are raising money for three important causes: the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, which protects giraffes out in the wild; Ava's Little Heroes, which supports families in the local area whose children experience unexpected medical emergencies; and Animal Adventure Park itself, helping to improve guest experience and the park's educational mission.

As quite expected, the baby's front hooves came out first, followed by the snout.

  • Ernesto Newman