Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

April's giraffe calf height, weight revealed

April's giraffe calf height, weight revealed

April, a giraffe at the zoo, gave birth to a male Saturday while many watched on live stream, according to National Public Radio.

In response to the suspicion around the legitimacy of April's pregnancy, Jordan Patch, owner of the Animal Adventure Park Zoo, told WGN News they never had any doubts that she was indeed expecting a baby.

April the giraffe finally gives birthWhile the calf's weight is now unknown, zoo officials said they weigh around 150 pounds and are about 6-feet tall at birth.

Animal Adventure Park has finally been able to welcome their newest addition after months of waiting, April's calf. "We had a giraffe baby together;" "Everybody sticking their neck out for this baby giraffe;" and "On a day where "mother of all bombs" is a trending phrase, I love how the world unites over the birth of a baby giraffe".

Some got political, with one noting that while more than a million people "watched the birth of a precious animal...the Trump boys would shoot them both for sport".

April gave birth to her fourth calf yesterday.

April's zookeepers wrote in a Facebook update: "Yesterday many of you noticed the "giraffe cha-cha" where April was trying to step on the toes of our vet, and more or less she was telling him she was done with his advances". The proud papa, a 5-year-old giraffe named Oliver, watched from an adjacent pen. This is his first offspring.

In between the cam's launch and payoff, an apparel line sprang up dedicated to the pregnant April, as well as a GoFundMe page to shower the zoo with funds to care for calf when it arrived. A GoFundMe fundraiser page that initially set a goal of $50,000 sat at almost $139,000 by Sunday night.

The name of the calf will be decided by the winning vote on a poll created by the zoo, with voters registering online and paying one dollar via the website dedicated to the new calf.

But just how many loyal viewers were there?

As quite expected, the baby's front hooves came out first, followed by the snout.

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