Nosy internet can't wait for April the giraffe to give birth

Camille Francis
March 5, 2017

The Denver Zoo welcomed the birth of Dobby, a 5-foot, 73-pound male reticulated giraffe Wednesday morning. On Animal Planet's website, it says most calves are 6 feet tall and can weigh almost twice as much as Dobby when they are born. Kipele, Dobby's mother, was given birth control, but zookeepers suspected she might be pregnant a few weeks ago because her stomach and udder were becoming bigger, according to the zoo.

"We are showing all signs of end of pregnancy but no active labor at this time", Jordan Patch, the owner of Animal Adventure Park told Us Weekly.

Baby watch continues eight days after the world started waiting for April the Giraffe to give birth.

Meanwhile, back at the Giraffe Cam, people worldwide were wondering what's taking April so long to deliver.

The park reports that there is not much change in April's physical appearance.

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Fans of the now-famous giraffe have been watching for more than a week, and Saturday afternoon as many as 84,000 people were tuned into the YouTube live stream.

Although it will be a fourth calf for April, 15, it is a first for the zoo, and so they were understandably excited.

In a cute twist, April "released a statement" about her pregnancy stardom-and she doesn't like the attention. Numerous fake YouTube sites have a video on loop (one of Adventure Animal Park's older videos) that they run in order to get viewers and solicit funds.

For now, mom and son are getting time to bond in private, out of public view in the zoo's giraffe house. "The fact that you're gonna get to witness the miracle of birth from an animal that you really don't get to see give birth - that's neat". Then the mother cleans the calf off before the baby begins to walk, according to the channel's giraffe birthing guide.

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