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Giraffe Watch: Doctors onsite, April expected to give birth very soon

Giraffe Watch: Doctors onsite, April expected to give birth very soon

April's baby watch has become a national obsession, with millions eagerly tuning in to her around-the-clock live feed, hoping to catch the moment she gives birth at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York.

For those who are anxious about missing their chance to witness the miracle of giraffe birth, the upstate NY zoo where April lives created a text alert system to notify fans of active labor.

Those watching the Animal Adventure Park live cam last night did notice that there may have been some contractions within April's belly. "All signs are go".

We will keep you posted should things get interesting this evening.

If April didn't conceive then, she might have conceived during her next cycle, 17 days later, Patch explained. Zookeepers said that this means that April may be getting uneasy because she knew she is due to give birth soon.

When it's born, he or she will weigh around 150 pounds and will be about 6′ tall!

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The upstate NY park took to their official Facebook page Monday, which has almost 1 million followers, to update viewers about April's latest status. Hundreds of thousands have tuned in to watch April and wait for her baby to arrive, and an alert system may help ease people's fears of missing the live event. The park blamed the removal on animal rights activists who oppose zoos. The upstate NY zoo had predicted a calf by Friday, however, that initial timeline came to a screeching halt, with the weekend passing and still no calf.

As April Fools' Day nears, dozens of Twitter users have grabbed onto the theory to explain the long wait until delivery day.

April the giraffe is in the home stretch. "I'll keep all posted and will let you know when the baby is on its way", Dr. Tim wrote in the zoo's latest Facebook update.

Female giraffes, called cows, have an average gestation period of about 15 months, or 453 to 464 days, according to Animal Planet. It is that for weeks the responsible of the Animal Adventure Park are waiting for their child to appear and they placed a camera that allows to follow the birth live from YouTube.

We love watching April bump heads with the father of her calf, like we loved watching young National Zoo panda Bei Bei snooze on top of her mom, like we love watching bears catching salmon in an Alaska national park.

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