17 April, 2017
After weeks of suspense, April the giraffe finally gave birth on Saturday to a baby boy, delighting of hundreds of thousands of people who have been monitoring a live cam feed from a NY zoo in anticipation of the long-overdue event.
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Jordan Patch of the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, NY posted a video on Facebook Saturday morning telling everyone to 'cancel your plans....we are in labor'. The baby's father, five-year-old Oliver, watched from an adjacent pen.
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The 15-year-old giraffe delivered her calf Saturday in an enclosed pen at the zoo in Harpursville, a rural upstate village about 130 miles (209 kilometers) northwest of New York City.
The feed of April's pregnancy had been briefly interrupted by YouTube in February after complaints by some viewers over what they deemed to be "sexually explicit" content.
The privately owned zoo began livestreaming from April's enclosure in February. It is now closed and will open to the public in mid-May.
The weight of the newborn is unknown, but a calf at birth is usually about 6 feet tall and weighs a whopping 100 to 150 pounds. Her birth was broadcast to an online audience with more than a million viewers.