April the giraffe closer to delivering but baby 'just not coming out'

Published: Saturday, April 08, 2017 @ 6:04 PM

Caretakers at Animal Adventure Park in New York are reporting that viral sensation April the giraffe is closer to giving birth to her fourth calf, but the baby is “just not coming out.”

According to reports posted on the park’s Facebook page Saturday, the mommy-to-be is big and full of milk. She has a great appetite and a good nature.

Doctors say, “She is acting completely normal...She just isn't quite ready yet.” 
About a week ago, keepers reported that they’d be surprised to get through the weekend without a birth. However, April is still pregnant. 

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Millions of people around the world have been tuning into the much-anticipated live birth, which first started making headlines last month after YouTube briefly took the zoo's livestream down after animal activists complained the video violated policies against “nudity and sexual content.”

But after the zoo urged commenters to voice their frustrations — and thousands did — YouTube restored the stream within an hour.

The park said it expects the calf, which will be born to April and 5-year-old Oliver, will weigh about 150 pounds and will be nearly 6 feet tall when it is born.