Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Culture | By Kelly Harrison

Animal Adventure Park launches campaign to name April the giraffe's calf

Animal Adventure Park launches campaign to name April the giraffe's calf

More than 1.2 million viewers from around the world viewed the birth in real time. Her male calf weighs 129 pounds and stands at 5 feet, 9 inches tall.

Seconds after birth, April tenderly licked her calf, which began to slowly pick his head up from the floor of the pen. About 45 minutes after it was born, the calf stood on its wobbly legs while mom helped keep her baby steady.

At least 1.2 million people watched Adventure Park's YouTube streaming of the event.

"We're going to see that baby and mom really develop a lovely bond", Patch said.

The not-yet-named male baby giraffe was running around with its mother within three hours of birth at the private zoo in Harpursville, a village 130 miles (210 kilometers) northwest of New York City.

April's pregnancy was catapulted into global headlines in late February after YouTube briefly yanked the zoo's live stream following complaints by animal activists that it violated the site's policies concerning "nudity and sexual content".

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Millions of people around the US and the world flocked to their screens early Saturday morning when April the giraffe went into labor.

April is also recovering well and eating heartily, her keepers report.

It is the first time a calf has been born in the animal park.

Now that April the giraffe's baby has safely arrived, it's time for some statistics. The Harpursville, New York, zoo has opened a baby-naming contest on their website after the calf's Saturday, April 15, birth. A GoFundMe fundraiser page that initially set a goal of $50,000 sat at more than $125,000 on Saturday morning. At the end of the voting period, the zoo will reveal the top 10 most popular names, and people can come back to vote on those 10 for about five days. Calves start walking about half an hour after birth.

Still a little unsteady on his feet, April's newborn calf takes his first steps.

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