April is a 15-year-old giraffe living at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York.
April has already given birth to three other Giraffe calves in the past, and she is expecting her fourth.
April is a bit older for calving specially compared to her young baby's daddy, Oliver, who is only 5 years old and this is his first time being a father and having a baby.
As the birth of April’s baby is soon , the park management decided to livestream her pen and capture the calf’s entry into the world.
Here are some interesting facts that can make watching April's experience a little more intriguing:
1. Giraffes pregnancy is for 15 months. 2. At time of birth, the front hooves come out first followed by the snout. 3. Giraffes give birth while standing up, this - causing the calf to fall a few feet to the ground. 4. Calves are six feet tall at birth. 5. Once a giraffe's water breaks (breaking of the placenta fluid), there are few moments of pacing - then the front hooves begin to appear. 6. The whole process of giraffe's parturition lasts on average 20-30 minutes. 7. The mama giraffe will spend the first few minutes licking her calf clean and encouraging it to stand. 8. Within 10 minutes the calf will be able to stand and even walk. 9. Within 30 minutes the calf is already able to run. 10. Calves nurse only from their mothers for about 4 months until they can begin eating solid foods (leaves).
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