Animal Adventure Park says April the giraffe is showing “major movement and bulging of the belly” as thousands of people across the country continue to wait for her to deliver her calf.
The park wrote on Facebook: “Early morning observations indicate no significant changes in physical appearance. As stated in posts prior – we do not expect any further physical change. We are waiting for increased pacing to indicate an active labor situation has begun, in addition to pushing/contractions. So, be watchful of behavioral changes!”
April’s pregnancy and anticipated delivery has captured the attention and curiosity of thousands of people across the country, partly after the live stream was initially removed over complaints the stream of the pregnancy amounted to “sexually explicit” content.
According to Animal Adventure Park, the calf will weigh about 150 pounds and will stand 6-feet tall at birth. A giraffe’s pregnancy lasts about 15 months. The zoo plans to have a contest to name the calf once it is born.
The zoo says April is 15 and this is her fourth calf. Oliver, the father, is 5 and this is his first calf.