Published: Fri, April 14, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Giraffe watch: Keepers say 'patience is a virtue'

The much-awaited fourth calf of April the giraffe has yet to arrive, making a few curious followers doubt the pregnancy. "For any hoaxers or * a class="_58cn" href="" data-ft="{"tn":"*N","type":104}" *#Fakenews stories questioning April and the pregnancy - a quick biology lesson - animals do not develop milk unless supporting a pregnancy.

Animal Adventure Park has set up a text alert system, which will provide updates on the giraffes before and after birth for a small fee. "This much development truly suggests calving in the near future".

Once April goes into labor, the baby's front hoofs will be the first to come out, followed by the snout, the zoo says. Animal enthusiasts expected her to give birth in the first few days of April, but the days have gone by and April is still very pregnant.

The zoo has been keeping audiences in the know via social media, providing updates on April's health and labor process on Facebook.

On Monday morning, the park issued another update, which told viewers to watch for behavioral changes and noted the keepers are now waiting for "increased pacing" from April. Oliver and April have both been enjoying their new enrichment gift. Giraffe's instinctively hide their labor for however long it's lasting in order to not draw attention from predators who will wait out a giraffe's labor in order to attack once the calf is born. "Made possible in part by their sponsorship, Animal Adventure Park will be donating $25,000 to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation!" And when it comes to April giving birth to what will be her fourth baby, the animal guru explained that just like with human pregnancies, every mom is different.

Or catch up on your April trivia, courtesy of Animal Adventure Park.

A baby giraffe's body!

The feed was earlier removed by YouTube after it was labeled sexually explicit. In natural habitats, a giraffes' life span is about 15 years.

Make sure to keep up with this live stream: Once the calf is born, Animal Adventure will have a contest to name the calf!

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