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April the Giraffe born in our local region

This will be April's 4th calf.

Dr. Tim, April's vet at Animal Adventure Park, said that April is not delayed and is safe, so there's nothing to worry about the pregnant giraffe.

Tens of thousands of people have been tuned in for days watching the reticulated giraffe walk around her pen and do very little else, waiting until she has the baby.

Ora is said to have delivered her youngster smoothly following a four-hour labour bringing an end to her 15-month pregnancy.

But there were also some positive answers to curious queries. "Yes she remains happy and comfortable (considering the circumstances)".

Mom will naturally raise the calf on her own, and weaning could take between six to 10 months, maybe even longer - the zoo says it won't rush the process.

When the giraffe is ready to give birth, she will do so standing in her stall.

Temperatures at the Adventure Park warmed enough to let the giraffes go outside. Animal Adventure Park officials can not retain offspring, as it would lead to incestuous mating and undermine the genetics of the program and species.

Is April actually in labor?

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Yes, it is really a case of "world waiting on edge" ever since the pregnant giraffe's live-streaming became a sensation.

This will be Animal Adventure Park's first giraffe calf. Once sign labor is close is when a giraffe's water breaks, which can be a trickle of liquid or a heavier flow of mucus.

Monday morning, an update was posted on the park's official Facebook page. Bulls like to fight and mate.

Male giraffes don't take part in raising their off-spring.

"It's kind of gross, a little bit, but nobody looked at it that way", she said.

April is 15-years-old and in the wild, that would be the normal life span.

Hodge said a baby giraffe was born at the Buffalo Zoo about two years ago.

Once the calf is born, Animal Adventure Park will have a contest to name it.

While April has not yet given birth, the park reported on its Facebook page that it has welcomed three black belly Barbados lambs and twin pygmy goats since the giraffe watch began. Once her calf is born and she is done nursing it, he or she will move on to another facility as it's rare to keep family members together with fear of incest.

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