Zoo owner: April the giraffe's baby is 'very independent'

  • Zoo owner: April the giraffe's baby is 'very independent'

Zoo owner: April the giraffe's baby is 'very independent'

April the giraffe gave birth at a NY zoo as more than a million people around the world watched live. "Here's how this promotion works - we want your help choosing the name of April's new baby calf".

The zoo's owner says the newborn will stay with April until he is weaned, which can take six months or longer.

On Saturday, April 15, the Animal Adventure Park's "Giraffe Cam" channel scored its biggest day, with more than 14 million live views.

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

The zoo is in Harpursville, New York, about 209 km northwest of New York City.

"This is an official promotion of Animal Adventure Park", the zoo writes at the bottom of the page.

Both mom and baby are doing "absolutely great", said Patch.

April gave birth to her fourth calf Saturday. "Giraffes give birth standing up, which means when the calf is ready to be born, it exits its mother hooves-first from 6 feet off the floor, making for a very exciting event", he said. The proud papa, a 5-year-old giraffe named Oliver, watched from an adjacent pen.

April and the baby will be introduced to the public when the park opens for the season next month. This is his first offspring.

Though some fans got frustrated when April's due date of mid-January to mid-February came and went, many others continued to tune in.

April the Giraffe's newborn struggles to find its footing shortly after being born during a livestream on YouTube.

April has her own website and even an apparel line.

The zoo is holding a contest to name the baby, charging $1 per vote, with proceeds being split among wild giraffe conservation efforts, zoo upgrades and support for families of children experiencing unexpected medical expenses.

You can follow the baby's progress there, and through regular text updates. Their population has plunged from as many as 163,000 in 1985 to just over 97,000 a year ago, International Union for Conservation of Nature reported.