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April the Giraffe to give birth to calf

April the Giraffe to give birth to calf”

"Wax caps are what develops on the teats of the udder to keep colostrum in the udder, to ensure that it is [sic] there for baby's first nursing", the zoo wrote. Male giraffes, according to Animal Adventure Park, "only really care about two things- fighting and the unmentionable".

Usually, caps are shed during delivery, or the baby may remove them by sucking.

April's keepers spotted "significant baby/belly movement" at about 3 a.m. and again at 7 a.m. and her udders appear to be growing, if only subtly as giraffes do not "bag out" like cows, goats, pigs or other animals during lactation, the zoo said. On March 10, the zookeepers noted that the hungry pregnant giraffe likes a carrot before every vet visit, perceiving this snack as a fee to enter her pen.

The weather also interrupted the zoo's popular livestream. Nevertheless, zookeepers encourage followers to stay put because new videos of the pregnant giraffe will soon be available revealing the stages of her pregnancy and the health of her baby. The zoo said Friday morning that April's handlers were "elated to have captured the calf kicking out!"

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Keepers felt baby kicks, and viewers noticed an increase in tail-raising due to pressure from an unknown source. They give birth to calves while standing to avoid breakage of the amniotic sac.

The hurdle from animal right activists notwithstanding, Patch has continued with the live stream and till March 11 there were 72,000 people who were watching April and waiting patiently for the big moment when she gives birth. See the live stream video below.

Animal Adventure Park began streaming on February 23 on YouTube showing April preparing to give birth, drawing worldwide attraction. April has been pregnant for 15 months, the normal gestation time for a giraffe. The calf will weigh around 150 pounds and be approximately 6 feet tall at birth.

The zoo said it will hold an online competition to name the baby giraffe once it's born.



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