Giraffe watch: April's continued pregnancy not concerning, vet says

Keepers at the Animal Adventure Park updated April's status Friday morning after she's begun eating again.

Not to worry, say her keepers whose alternately called their updates "Joke is on us!" and "Faking out Dr. Tim".

Animal Adventure Park expected to welcome a new baby giraffe over the weekend, but that didn't happen.

Animal lovers around the world are counting down to the arrival of April the giraffe's unborn baby and are probably wondering what to expect after its much-anticipated birth.

Sarah Roffe, giraffe team manager, said:Orla went into labour at around noon and, for a little while, we could just see two spindly legs poking out.

The Ballones say that they hope to open their inn here at the Catskill Game Farm by Spring of 2018 and they hope to open it up under the name the long neck inn for the giraffes that used to live here.

They only need to drink water once every few days since they are hydrated by the leaves. Animal Adventure Park officials can not retain offspring, as it would lead to incestuous mating and undermine the genetics of the program and species.

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When giraffes are born, they usually weigh around 150 pounds and are 6 feet tall.

Memphis Zoo spokesperson says the zoo will not comment until the calf has its first neonatal appointment, scheduled for Monday. "Made possible in part by their sponsorship, Animal Adventure Park will be donating $25,000 to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation!" In addition to news of the birth, subscribers will be among the first to know if April's baby is male or female, the park in Harpursville, New York, announced on Monday.

Giraffe pregnancies last up to 15 months. "The fact that you're gonna get to witness the miracle of birth from an animal that you really don't get to see give birth - that's neat".

As for how the weather might affect the birth of this much-anticipated baby, Animal Adventure Park also revealed that there's "mild flooding" along the rivers.

Oliver may share space with April, but for short periods.

So how long are giraffes pregnant for?

A baby giraffe stays close to its mother. Once her calf is born and she is done nursing it, he or she will move on to another facility as it's rare to keep family members together with fear of incest.

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