How long are giraffes pregnant?

Published: Tuesday, April 04, 2017 @ 1:55 PM

Fast Facts About Giraffes

The whole world is watching April the giraffe. 

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The 15-year-old mammal has been on pregnancy watch for months now, and New York’s Animal Adventure Park has continued to increase anticipation of a calf’s birth.

For how long are giraffes pregnant? Is April actually in labor? 

According to Animal Planet, the average gestation period for a giraffe is 15 months. That’s comparable to the gestation period of killer whales (15 to 18 months) and African elephants (22 months).

Jordan Patch, owner of Animal Adventure Park, told WUSA it’s unlikely vets will be able to tell if April is in labor until the calf’s hoof begins to poke out of her rear-end. “Giraffe's instinctively hide their labor for however long it's lasting in order to not draw attention from predators who will wait out a giraffe's labor in order to attack once the calf is born,” WUSA reported. 

April’s water has not yet broken –- an active sign of labor.

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Patch said the live stream of April started as a way to keep interested visitors informed about the giraffe during the park’s off season. People who visited the park last year knew about her pregnancy and wanted updates during the time the park is closed. Animal Adventure Park reopens May 13.

Fast Facts About Giraffes

April the Giraffe’s pregnancy: A brief timeline

April joined the zoo in September 2015. At the time, zoo officials said they had plans to mate April with the park’s first giraffe, Oliver

It’s unclear when the park first found out April was pregnant, and AprilTheGiraffe.com, a website operated by Animal Adventure Park dedicated to all things April doesn’t specify when news of her pregnancy was first discovered. But the park wrote on Facebook that April and Oliver had “connected” in the fall of 2015. In February 2016, officials wrote on social media that she may have been pregnant then and that they would begin testing soon. A November 2016 post shows keepers tending to April and Oliver with preparations for birth. A narrator in a live video said April was expected to give birth in January. 

Workers at the park continued to speculate that April would give birth in January or February. By February, a live stream video was started to allow fans to watch April’s every move up until the birth of her little one. On March 31, a post on the park’s Facebook page said it “would be shocked to get through the weekend without (the) newest addition.”

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What are people saying about it all being a prank?

Some people have said the anticipated birth of April’s calf was an elaborate joke, with some saying news of the prank would be announced on April Fool’s Day. After April 1 -- with no birth and park workers and vets still saying the birth is still to come -- speculation of an April Fool’s quip died down. 

Others maintained doubts, referencing this post uploaded by the park in February 2016: 

Others have said the park is intentionally hyping up the April’s pregnancy in an effort to collect funds. Animal Adventure Park has launched or supported GiraffeMojiApril the Giraffe apparel, a GoFundMe account for April and a paid text service to get alerts about April’s developments. At the end of March, Toy-R-Us announced a partnership with Animal Adventure Park. Animal Adventure Park is a for profit organization.

April’s vet took to Facebook Sunday after the birth of April’s baby still had not come. 

“So the timeline for my 24-48 hour prediction is rapidly coming to an end... not surprising is the fact that we still have no calf and we still don't have a giraffe in Labor,” he wrote Sunday. “It really shouldn't be much longer, I'm just not going to tell you my guesstimate anymore.”

One ‘hot’ Thanksgiving: Turkeys get Flaming Hot Cheetos makeover

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 12:16 PM

‘Flamin’ Hot Cheetos’ Turkey Is Spicing Up the Holidays

Food mashups can be the perfect answer to the traditional, boring holiday gathering. Reynolds Kitchens, the makers of the aluminum foil and cooking bags that help us create in the kitchen, have come up with some different recipes using popular snack foods to amp up the Thanksgiving turkey.

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They’re called “Flavor Blasted Turkeys” and use spicy cheese puffs (think Flaming Hot Cheetos), ranch-flavored corn chips (Ranch Fritos), or onion-flavored rings (Funyuns) to add an extra kick to Tom Turkey.

You start all three recipes the same. You put your chip of choice into a food processor or blender and crush them. You can also use the old fashioned rolling-pin/zip top bag technique and work out some holiday frustrations. As long as they’re powered, you’re fine.

Brush oil or butter on the bird to help the coating stick and cover the entire turkey, legs and all, with the crushed-up snack food.

This is where the technique changes depending on which chip you choose.

For Flaming Hot Cheetos turkey:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Put covered turkey in cooking bag.
  • Place bag and turkey in 2-inch deep roasting pan.
  • Cut 6 1/2-inch slits into bag and roast until turkey reaches internal temperature of 180 degrees at the thickest part of the thigh not touching a bone.
  • When it reaches temperature, remove the turkey from the oven and let it sit for 15 minutes in the bag, then slice open the bag, remove the turkey and serve.

For ranch-flavored turkey:

  • Preheat oven to 325.
  • Put turkey on aluminum foil that’s tow and a half times longer than the turkey.
  • Overlap foil ends and turn up the sides of the foil to seal in juices.
  • Place turkey and foil into 2-inch deep roasting pan.
  • Roast until turkey reaches internal temperature of 180 degrees at the thickest part of the thigh not touching a bone.
  • Add 30 minutes to the time if turkey is stuffed.
  • To brown the turkey and coating, turn back the foil for last 30 minutes of roasting.
  • When it reaches temperature, remove the turkey from the oven and let it sit for 15 minutes in the foil, then remove the turkey and serve.

For onion-flavored turkey:

  • Preheat oven to 325.
  • Lay a sheet of foil under turkey in roasting pan
  • Make a foil tent, leaving an inch between the turkey and the foil for heat circulation. Crimp the tent to bottom foil along the long sides of pan.
  • Roast until turkey reaches internal temperature of 180 degrees at the thickest part of the thigh not touching bone.
  • Add 30 minutes to the time if turkey is stuffed.
  • To brown the turkey, remove foil tent after one hour.
  • When it reaches correct temperature, remove the turkey from the oven and let it sit for 15 minutes covered in foil.

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Which grocery stores are open Thanksgiving?

Published: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 1:04 PM

Thanksgiving Day 2017: Grocery Store Hours

Do you ever get that sinking feeling that you forgot something?

Despite the fact you’ve employed redundancy measures that would make NASA jealous, you can almost guarantee that you’ve missed some small item needed for your Thanksgiving feast. 

Don’t worry. Several grocery store chains across the country will be open on Thanksgiving for at least for part of the day.

Here is a list of Thanksgiving Day openings, closings and store hours for national grocery store chains. Reminder: Some stores do not follow national opening/closing hours. Be sure to check with your local stores for times. 

  • ALDI: All stores are closed on Thanksgiving.
  • AJ's Fine Foods: Open 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving.  
  • Albertsons: Stores will close at 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving.  
  • Bashas': Open until 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving.  
  • BJ's Wholesale Club: BJ’s is closed Thanksgiving.
  • Costco: All stores will be closed on Thanksgiving.
  • Food Lion: Most stores will be open until 3 p.m. (depending on the store).
  • Fresh Market: Open until 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
  • Kroger: Many stores are open 24 hours; check local store for hours.
  • Publix: All stores and pharmacies will be closed on Thanksgiving; regular hours resume on Friday.
  • Safeway: Most stores will close at 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Locations will return to regular hours on Friday.
  • Sam's Club: All stores are closed on Thanksgiving.
  • Sprouts Farmers Market: Open 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
  • Target: Stores open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and close at midnight.
  • Trader Joes: All stores closed on Thanksgiving.
  • Walmart: Stores will be open on Thanksgiving.
  • Wegmans: Stores will close at 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
  • Whole Foods: Hours: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
If you are simply abandoning the idea of that Martha Stewart Thanksgiving in favor of a good buffet down the street, here is a link to a list of restaurants open on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving 2017: Trump, other notable figures mark the holiday

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 11:48 AM

President Donald Trump, with first lady Melania Trump, speaks to members of the U.S. Coast Guard, at the Lake Worth Inlet Station, on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, in Riviera Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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President Donald Trump, with first lady Melania Trump, speaks to members of the U.S. Coast Guard, at the Lake Worth Inlet Station, on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, in Riviera Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)(Alex Brandon/AP)

President Donald Trump and other notable figures delivered messages of hope and gratitude for Thanksgiving.

Trump posted a video message to the nation on Twitter, and also delivered a personal holiday message live via teleconference to members of the military. Trump then visited the Coast Guard in Florida.

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Trump is spending his first Thanksgiving as president with family at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

Which restaurants are open on Thanksgiving Day 2017?

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 2:26 PM

Restaurants Open Thanksgiving Day 2017

If the thought of spending hours in the kitchen on Thursday just doesn’t sound like a good use of your time, what with family all around and the prospect of Black Friday shopping beginning at 7 a.m. that day, there are a variety of restaurants that just may have the answer for you.

Several chain restaurants and many local ones are open on Thanksgiving, with options ranging from dining in to carrying out to catering the whole affair. 

Important note: Not all restaurants listed below will be open on Thanksgiving or offer special deals. Some franchise restaurants of certain chains may be closed. It is important to call the restaurant closest to you to confirm the hours and deals.

These restaurants are set to be open on Thanksgiving.

  • Acapulco Restaurant and Cantina will have a special Thanksgiving buffet with a roasted turkey and ham-carving station and a taco al pastor and seafood station.
  • Applebee’s restaurants will be offering a special Thanksgiving meal featuring turkey breast, mashed potatoes and green beans. 
  • Bob Evans will have the Farmhouse Feast carryout menu that offers a turkey or ham feast (with all the trimmings) that feed up to four ($49.99) or eight people ($79.99). You can get both turkey and ham for $109.99. 
  • Boston Market will offer a traditional plated Thanksgiving meal. Choose between turkey or rotisserie chicken, with side dishes of mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potato casserole, green beans, and vegetable stuffing.  
  • Buca di Beppo will open at 11 a.m., and you can dine in, get catered meals or get a to-go dinner. 
  • Charlie Brown’s Fresh Grill will be serving an all-you-can-eat turkey dinner (three-courses) for $21.99. Children 12 and under eat for $9.99. 
  • Chevys Fresh Mex is offering a three-course Thanksgiving meal. They are open 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Chompie’s is open until 3 p.m., and is offering a Thanksgiving dinner for $19.99 per person, with options to dine in or get your meal to-go.
  • Claim Jumper Restaurants will be serving a Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at most locations. 
  • Country Cookin will be offering a “Thanksgiving Day Feast” with turkey or ham and all-you-can-eat holiday salads and sides for $10.99 (kids 10 and under $4.49).  
  • Cracker Barrel will be open from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m., and will feature a Thanksgiving dinner for $12.99 for dining in ($7.99 for children), a $67.99 to-go meal and a fully catered dinner for $99.  
  • Denny’s has a breakfast and dinner available on Thanksgiving.
  • El Torito will offer an all-day buffet (11 a.m.-7 p.m.) with traditional Mexican dishes, along with a turkey and ham-carving station, traditional Thanksgiving dishes, and a pasta bar.
  • FATZ is open on Thanksgiving from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 
  • Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse opens at 11 a.m. and will be serving a three-course Thanksgiving meal for $39.95 per adult. Children under 12 will have a Thanksgiving menu available for $15.00.
  • Furr’s Fresh Buffet will serve a Thanksgiving dinner with carved turkey breast, carved ham, butterfly shrimp, pan-grilled pork chops and several other entrees, plus sides and desserts.
  • Golden Corral will have a Thanksgiving buffet in addition to their usual offerings.
  • HomeTown Buffet will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. serving among other entrees and side dishes, carved turkey, steak, carved ham, butterfly shrimp and roast beef.
  • Hooters will be open on Thanksgiving serving wings and beer, along with the rest of their regular menu.
  • Humperdinks will begin serving a Thanksgiving feast at 10 a.m. featuring turkey and gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet yams, green beans and pecan or pumpkin pie. Price is $21.99 for adults and $11.99 for kids under 12. Kids under 5 eat free. 
  • IHOP restaurants will offer pumpkin spice pancakes for breakfast, with a full menu all day.
  • K&W Cafeterias will be offering a Thanksgiving special for $7.99 that includes roast turkey with dressing, cranberry sauce, two vegetables, fresh baked bread, dessert and refillable beverage.
  • Legal Sea Foods will serve turkey breast with sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, gravy and cranberry sauce for $24.95 per adult and $8.95 for children 12 and under. Hours may vary by location. Reservations are recommended. 
  • Luby’s will be open for dine-in or to-go meals, serving a Thanksgiving Day Special for $11.49.
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy will serve a four-course, family-style Thanksgiving meal.
  • Many of Landry’s Restaurants – Big Fish, Charley’s Crab, Chart House, Gandy Dancer, Grand Concourse, Landry’s Seafood (all locations except Huntsville, Alabama, and El Paso, Texas), Meriwether’s, Mitchell’s Fish Market, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, and River Crab Blue Water Inn – will offer either a special turkey dinner menu or a holiday buffet. Laundry’s also owns Saltgrass Steak House and Morton’s The Steakhouse, and both will be open on Thanksgiving serving steak.
  • Marie Callender’s has a Thanksgiving dinner for $21.99 for guests dining in. Kids eat for $8.99, choosing between a turkey or ham dinner. They also have carry-out options ranging from $99.99 to $149.99. Pickup starts after 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
  • McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks is serving a roasted turkey dinner at participating locations. Reservations are recommended. The dinner menu is also available all day.
  • Mimi’s Cafe offers a three-course turkey supper on Thanksgiving. It’s $18.99 for adults and $8.99 for children. 
  • Old Country Buffet will again offer its family-style meal.
  • Ponderosa will have a Thanksgiving buffet with turkey with all the trimmings, along with ham, fried chicken, chicken wings, pork, and a salad bar. The restaurant closes at 4 p.m.
  • Romano’s Macaroni Grill will be offering a three-course Thanksgiving dinner for $24.99. 
  • Roy’s is offering a three-course Thanksgiving dinner for $39.95 for adults and $16.95 for items from a kid’s menu.
  • Ruby Tuesday locations, for the most part, will be open on Thanksgiving. 
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House will be serving a three-course turkey dinner for $39.95 (kids eat for $12.95).  
  • Ryan’s will have a Southern-style Thanksgiving menu with sliced turkey, sliced ham, fried chicken, steak, chicken pot pie, butterfly shrimp, and more. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Seasons 52 is taking reservations for Thanksgiving dinner. For adults it’s $26.90; for children it’s $12.90.
  • Shari’s has a special slow-roasted turkey or ham dinner for $14.99. The special is good at all 94 Shari’s locations throughout Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Nebraska and Wyoming.  
  • Sizzler locations will be open and will serve a turkey dinner with sides.
  • Ted's Montana Grill will have a Thanksgiving menu, featuring roast turkey and the trimmings.
  • TGI Friday’s restaurants are open Thanksgiving.
  • The Dixie Cafe is serving a turkey and dressing feast for $10.99 from  11 a.m. to  5 p.m. 
  • Waffle House restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Day 2017: Grocery Store Hours