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April the giraffe showing 'signs of contractions,' zoo officials say

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Posted at 11:25 AM, Apr 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-02 20:39:32-04

HARPURSVILLE, NY -- It's been over a month since April the giraffe captivated the world and as her namesake month begins, Animal Adventure Park officials say this really might be it. She could give birth any moment now. 

Sunday morning, keepers were reporting, "increased discharge, continued lack of interest in food, full udders," officials said on the zoo's Facebook page. "We are not announcing active labor at this time - as we will wait until there is NO QUESTION - to ensure our followers know to hunker down and wait!"

Some of the "out of normal" behavior zoo keepers say will increase as the birth nears will be April lifting each leg, a pinning of the ears, a bit of dazing off, and she will also be raising her tail more. 

April, a 15-year-old giraffe, will be giving birth to her fourth calf at Animal Adventure Park in Harpusville, NY. 

Her calf will weigh around 150 pounds and be about 6-feet tall at birth, according to Animal Adventure Park officials. 

Zoo officials also stressed the importance of keeping an eye out for fake YouTube accounts asking for donations on behalf of the zoo. They said last week some people had also created GoFundMe accounts “requesting your support and also baby names.”

You can watch the livestream below: 

Things to know about April the giraffe: 

  • April has never lost a calf nor had a stillborn -- that's an odd rumor, according to zoo officials
  • Oliver, April's mate, is 5-years-old and this is his first calf
  • Movement in the hips, straightening of the neck and her stomach movement are all signs April is having contractions
  • The front hooves will come out first followed by the snout
  • Once the calf is born, Animal Adventure Park will hold a social media contest to name it 
  • Oliver may share space with April, but for short periods. Bulls take no part in rearing young
  • This is Animal Adventure's first giraffe calf

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