April the Giraffe born in our local region

Jeannette Daniel
April 7, 2017

Even though many predictions about when April will go into labor have been thrown out the window, Dr. Tim, the veterinarian caring for the world-famous giraffe, says he isn't anxious her time hasn't come yet. Day and night, April is seen in her stall chewing her cud, eating hay, and visiting with Oliver.

Avid watchers have been understanding of the 'unpredictability.' "I predict she will give birth...when she's ready and not a minute sooner".

Wondering what to expect when it's time for April's calf to join us?

Monday morning, an update was posted on the park's official Facebook page.

April is still as cute as ever and we are still on baby watch. All observations, behavior, and predictions suggest a calf today, tonight - we would be shocked to get through the weekend without our newest addition.

And thus, we will continue to wait.

Sarah Roffe, giraffe team manager at Chester Zoo, said: 'Although it might be quite a drop, and they may fall to the ground with a bit of a thud, it's how giraffe calves arrive into the world and it stimulates them into taking their first breaths'.

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According to zoo sources, the giraffe will slip into labor any time now and may not disappoint the fan club any longer.

Animal Adventure Park is now in its off-season and the park is closed to visitors. Oliver may share space with April, but for short periods.

It's been nearly 6 weeks and April has not popped out a little one. Patch plans to hold an online naming competition for the baby after it's born.

Dean said it's hard to tell exactly when April will go into labor because she doesn't have much information about her. Male giraffes also are not part of the child rearing process.

April's long pregnancy now has other animal experts weighing in, as the zookeeper at Chester Zoo did in her interview.

"April's website, aprilthegiraffe.com, includes a link for buying apparel from baby clothing to adult-sized hoodies imprinted with a giraffe's head and "#Aprils View Crew" along with the park's name and location. Once weaning is over, the baby giraffe will move on to another facility to start a breeding program there.

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