April, who had been due to give birth in January or February at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, in western NY, was pregnant for at least 16 months, compared with the typical gestation period of 15 months, according to zoo officials.
The 15-year-old giraffe gave birth to a wobbly-legged calf yesterday, creating an Easter weekend sensation for her large network of fans around the world.
April has her own website and even an apparel line. The calf will stay with April and its father for six to 12 months, and then be moved to another facility for safety reasons. Zoo owner Jordan Patch says both mom and calf are doing fine.
For over two months now, so many of us have been focusing a frankly ridiculous amount of attention on a pregnant giraffe living in a NY zoo.
The yet-to-be-named calf is the fourth calf for 15-year-old April. People around the world have been tuning in daily, with some growing impatient as the pregnancy seemed to drag on. The zoo plans to hold a contest to name the baby.
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Giraffes have one of the longest gestation periods of any animal, about 15 months.
The park is now closed to the public and will open in mid-May. A GoFundMe fundraiser page that initially set a goal of $50,000 sat at more than $125,000 on Saturday morning.
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. Newborn giraffes generally weigh about 150 pounds (68.04 kilograms) and are about 6 feet (1.83 meters) tall at birth.
Once the calf is born, the Harpursville zoo in upstate NY will have a contest to name it.