LIVE GIRAFFE CAM: April the Giraffe is giving birth

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

HARPURSVILLE, New York (WPVI) -- It's been "officially April" for two weeks, and yet, April the giraffe is (still) ready to give birth to her much anticipated baby at any moment.

Will today be the day it finally happens?


A live camera feed shows the expecting mama's pen at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York.

April, who's 15 years old, is having the baby with Oliver, a 5-year-old giraffe, according to Animal Adventure. This is Oliver's first calf, but April knows the drill - this will be her fourth.

April has been pregnant for 16 months, just over the normal gestation time for a giraffe. When she finally gives birth, her calf's front hooves will come out first, followed by the snout. He or she will weigh around 150 pounds and will stand about 6 feet tall.

Animal Adventure Park has been posting new photos and videos Saturday morning of the event.

April will raise her calf naturally, and weaning could take between 6 to 10 months, maybe longer. Oliver, however, will not assist in raising the calf. Male giraffes, according to Animal Adventure Park, "only really care about two things - fighting and the unmentionable."

So because of fears of inbreeding, the calf will be relocated to another facility once the weaning process is over.

Make sure to keep up with this live stream: Once the calf is born, Animal Adventure will have a contest to name the calf!

Here's a recent update from Animal Adventure Park: