Published: Tue, March 07, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

April the Giraffe gets ready to give birth at NY zoo

April the Giraffe gets ready to give birth at NY zoo

April the giraffe is very pregnant, and expected to give birth to a new calf any time now.

Millions of people have tuned in to watch April move around her stall in anticipation of the big day. "Last week, compared to this week, provides even further belly development and drop", the zoo said in it's daily update.

"Vet report is all positive and happy with progression".

A photo posted to the zoo's facebook page Saturday showed April's rotund belly curving out and downward, a sign that she's nearing the home stretch of her pregnancy, says owner Jordan Patch.

The keepers said there's been a "significant amount of belly movement and tail raising" lately from April but that her appetite is "notably strong" and she is still in good health as the birth approaches.

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Finding all the action (or lack thereof) amusing, SC mom Erin Dietrich created her own version of the live stream on Facebook, donning a giraffe mask and baring her pregnant belly while she slowly meanders around à la April.

April is 15 years old and 15 months pregnant, which is the typical gestation period for a giraffe. There will be a future announcement for a contest where viewers can suggest names for the baby giraffe.

It was originally estimated that April would give birth towards the middle or end of February.

They say it will weigh around 150 pounds and will be about 6 feet tall at birth. Check out the latest and view the photo below.

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