There’s a really good chance that April the giraffe is going to give birth this week, and we say really good chance, we mean it. April’s pregnancy and viral success have been a bit of a mystery to many. It may be that because so many anticipated seeing her give birth to a calf imminently and when that didn’t happen, they simply couldn’t turn away. April lives at the Animal Adventure Park (AAP) located in Hapursville, New York, and is a beautiful 15-year-old Reticulated giraffe who is very, very pregnant. With a gestation period of 15 months and the ability to conceive every two weeks, it seems that gestation and pregnancy take up a good portion of a female giraffe’s life. Many want to see April give birth to her giraffe calf online, partly because they can’t wait to experience the event and also because they feel sorry for April. If you watch the live giraffe cam that streams directly from the AAP (keep a close eye on fakes, there are tons out there) you’ll see that April moves slowly and getting down on the ground and then standing up again is tiring, and that’s just for the viewer watching her. April must be ready to have this baby, and we’re ready for her to have it!
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— Terri flores (@Terrifl19438800) March 23, 2017
So here’s why we believe that April is really, really (yes, for realz this time, we’re not playing) going to have that baby calf this week.
April’s udders are seriously changing and they are changing fast. If you’ve watched April from the beginning or followed my labor updates on Inquisitr you know that according to the giraffe husbandry manual, April’s udders are going to fill with milk and within two days, she’s going to give birth to that baby calf! Don’t forget, active labor won’t officially start until the Animal Adventure Park sees calf’s hooves.
April The Giraffe Changes To Expect Before Active Labor And Calf Hooves Are Seen https://t.co/GmSr0LkXcw
— Inquisitr News (@theinquisitr) March 15, 2017
April’s udders must fill with milk before active labor begins and the baby calf is fully delivered. In the past several days, April has experienced significant changes in her udders. They are growing larger and you can visibly notice a difference in size. The wax caps are present and though they typically shed before active labor, it isn’t a guarantee. That means that the changes in April’s udders could be enough to trigger active labor. Here are several posted updates from the official Animal Adventure Park Facebook group and photos they shared that show the changes in April’s udders.
— Live Eagle Cam (@eaglecamlive) March 23, 2017
Compare the images above (taken on March 26 and March 27) to those below (taken on March 18).
Now, compare those photos with this one shared by the Animal Adventure Park of April’s udders on March 12! There has been amazing growth and it seems quite likely we’re looking at milk filling her udders. Remember, once milk is in we can expect active labor within two days. At this rate, it seems more likely than not that April’s calf will be born this week.
When April goes into active labor, the Animal Adventure Park will begin live streaming the birth on Facebook live in addition to the live YouTube feed. A professional video company will record the birth that will be made available for sale on DVD. Are you excited for April’s changes and to witness a giraffe calf born live online?