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Animal Adventure Park celebrates Tajiri's first birthday

HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. - Break out the party hats and streamers!

It's time for a birthday party.

Tajiri's first birthday party at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville.

The world's most famous giraffe calf turns one on Sunday.

Last April 15, millions watched online as April the Giraffe gave birth to Tajiri following months of anticipation.

The web cam following her pregnancy became an international viral sensation and about 200,000 people came to the park last year to see April, Tajiri, and father Oliver.

Animal Adventure owner Jordan Patch says Tajiri's first year was a great one.

"We've watched his personality grow, he's weaning off his mother. He's becoming a much more independent and outgoing giraffe, kind of like his father, but still very engaging to our guests and responsive to carrot treats just like his Mom," said Patch.

Tajiri is now 10 feet tall and weighs almost a ton.

At full size he'll reach about 18 feet tall and weigh around 2,700 pounds.

Starting last Fall, Oliver was allowed to rejoin April and Tajiri in the same space and the family will be on display together when the park reopens on May 16.

Now reunited, Patch says Oliver and April may be working on another little bundle of joy.

"Giraffes do cycle every 17 days so our team has been observing her cycles and observing the courtship and mating behaviors. And we certainly observed quite a bit. Nothing has been announced yet but by all means, this Summer, maybe in the Fall, we could confirm maybe a pregnancy," said Patch.

As for Tajiri, Patch expects that Animal Adventure will loan him out to another facility with a giraffe breeding program at the end of this season.

While the park isn't yet open, fans can join in on Tajiri's birthday party this Sunday at 10 a.m. using the giraffe cam at AprilTheGiraffe.com.

The keepers have crafted a special giraffe cake along with some edible flowers for him to devour.

Patch says the park will have some exciting news to release about its new African lion cubs in the near future.


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