After widely-watched birth, what's next for April the Giraffe and Animal Adventure?

HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. - After months of anticipation, April the Giraffe gave birth to her baby giraffe calf over the weekend, with over a million people watching it happen live.

On Monday, NewsChannel 34's Mike Tanzini went to Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville to check up on the world's favorite new giraffe.

"Are you watching this?! I turned on the camera, and sure enough we were in active labor," said Animal Adventure Park Owner Jordan Patch.

The newest member of Animal Adventure Park was brought, well bounced, into the world on Saturday, with 1.2 million people watching it happen live on the live stream.

April's been expecting to give birth since February, and the world was finally notified with the click of a button.

"We promised the world that we'd let them know when the process started. Our text alert and Facebook Live went into effect. We did everything we possibly could to tell everyone," said Patch.

The birth took about two hours, and the new baby boy was delivered healthy and safe as park staff and caretakers watched close-by.

After about 45 minutes on the floor, the giraffe-calf was up and moving on his new legs.

When Mike stopped by on Monday, he was a little sleepy.

Animal Adventure Park Owner Jordan Patch says although he's tired, he's doing very well.

"They're doing great. Progress is absolutely perfect. The calf has gained a pound a half, which is exactly like to see. Over the next few weeks, we'll see significant weight gain and some growth. Mom is doing phenomenally, and Dad is very interested in the calf which is a positive," said Patch.

Animal Adventure has been in the spotlight for months since launching a live webcam to document and showcase the birth to the world.

Patch says the entire endeavor was a lot of work, but well worth it.

"We've been under a microscope but we're using it to our advantage. Whether it's the message of conservation or furthering our business potential at Animal Adventure Park, we're really embracing it and running with it," he said.

And the work isn't over, as Animal Adventure is set to open in less than a month.

"Yes, we have a calf on the ground, it's humbling, but outside of this barn, everything is still going on. There's 200 animals out there that need our help, feeding and our care. We have a park to open in 3 weeks and we have a lot of projects underway," said Patch.

Patch says the giraffe will be at Animal Adventure for the entire season.

But, its life will continue elsewhere once the time is right.

Patch says the baby will stay here until the weening process is complete, which can take about 8 to 15 months. 

Then, they will find a new home for the giraffe.  Until that point, April, Oliver and their new bundle of joy will be living at Animal Adventure as one happy family.

Animal Adventure is holding a baby naming contest, where people can make a donation and submit a name suggestion.

The vote for a name, log on to NameAprilsCalf.com.

According to Yahoo!, the live stream was the 2nd most live-viewed channel in YouTube history, with 232 million live views, totaling 7.6 billion minutes of live watch.


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