April The Giraffe: Are Donald Trump And Politics Responsible For Viral Sensation?

April the giraffe is a viral sensation. Millions have tuned in to watch her live cam and witness the miracle of birth online. While April continues to rack up the YouTube views, there is one question that stands out. Why is April so popular? What do people get from watching a giraffe 24/7 as she walks around her giraffe stall waiting to give birth? Well, if you read through the social media comments, you’ll notice some similarities. Primarily, it’s possible that people are so tired of the politically heated climate and constant debating surrounding President Donald Trump that they would rather watch a giraffe give birth than watch the political debates that plague current affairs. Simply put, April the giraffe is a nice escape from ugly and often fake news on all sides.

For over a month, people have watched the live giraffe cam waiting for April to go into active labor. Teachers are keeping April’s live feed on in the classroom and kids are coming home from school and watching April with their parents. People wake up in the middle of the night to see how April is doing and whether or not she is in active labor. Some say they find April relaxing and calming. Others report they simply enjoy watching a magnificent creature like a giraffe as it takes their mind off current problems.

The political climate is extremely polarized and we have the left and right and it seems never the two shall meet again. Each day it seems America is further from a democracy and that respect, tolerance and justice are no longer traits that the average citizen strives to achieve. April not only gives people an outlet away from the stress and strife of current tensions but is bridging the gap and bringing people together. With April, people aren’t watching the live giraffe cam wondering if the person commenting on Facebook is a Democrat or Republican. Right now, April is doing more to bring the country together than every politician combined. In fact, so many people have remarked about the sense of unity they feel watching and sharing about April that it’s often one of the first names suggested for April’s calf.

What do you think? Do you watch April? Do you feel watching the live giraffe cam is an escape from the political tensions of today? Do you feel that April is bringing people together.


Charisse Van Horn is a freelance writer from Tampa Bay. She writes for the Inquistir and was first to break the news about the April the giraffe and the live cam streaming from Animal Adventure Park. She enjoys writing about television, entertainment, and live animal cams.

One thought on “April The Giraffe: Are Donald Trump And Politics Responsible For Viral Sensation?

  • March 24, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    I do watch April. I find her calming and soothing. I don’t think about the politcal nonsense going on around me. I think about a150# baby coming into this world. 💙


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