HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. — April the giraffe is still very much pregnant.
The 15-year-old mother-to-be has had a significant change in her shape as the wait for her to give birth to a calf continues, zookeepers with Animal Adventure Park said Thursday.
“Her body/belly is much less beach balled, as the bulges have streamlined,” officials said on Facebook. “Perhaps suggesting a new position of calf.
“We hope for launch sequence.”
On Wednesday night, officials said the giraffe’s back end had significant bulging.
The zoo began live-streaming the giraffe on Feb. 23 and the giraffe has gained worldwide attention as several thousand people watch daily, hoping to see the birth.
This will be April’s fourth calf and the first for Oliver. The calf will weigh around 150 pounds and be approximately 6 feet tall at birth, zoo officials said.
The video was initially removed after animal rights activists flagged the videos as “sexually explicit” before being restored.
April The Giraffe Facts
April is 15 years old and pregnant with her fourth calf.
She was tentatively due in mid-February so the birth could happen any time.
The father, Oliver, has to be kept separate most of the time because male giraffes do three things: Eat, mate, and fight. None of those benefits April right now.
April doesn’t look pregnant because giraffes in the wild hide their pregnancies from opportunistic predators.
Giraffes give birth standing up.
Calves come out hooves first.