April the giraffe has calf in front of 1.2 million online audience

At its peak, the livestream from her home at the Animal Adventure Park in NY drew nearly five million people per day. Her pen was live-streamed during her pregnancy on the Animal Adventure Park website, and animal lovers everywhere were are very excited that she has finally given birth.

Giraffes have one of the longest gestation periods of any animal, about 15 months.

About an hour after her labor was announced, two little legs and the calf's front hooves were seen dangling from April's backside in a livestream posted to the Harpursville, New York, zoo's Facebook page.

The calf's father is Oliver, a five-year-old giraffe kept in the same petting zoo.

The private NY zoo whose pregnant giraffe became an internet sensation says April the giraffe's newborn calf is a male.

It is planning a naming contest for the calf. Well over a million people watched the zoo. She's been living her life on a livestream since February, and thousands upon thousands of people have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of her baby. Her birth was broadcast to an online audience with more than a million viewers.




In this photo provided by Animal Adventure Park in Binghamton, N.Y., a giraffe named April stands with her new calf on Saturday, April 15, 2017.

The privately owned zoo began livestreaming from April's enclosure in February and people around the world have been tuning in daily.

"His entrance into the world was unnerving to even those of us who have witnessed animal births previously", said Animal Adventure Park owner, Jordan Patch.

Its gender was not yet known, and its name will be determined through a competition run by the park.

The zoo's owner says the newborn will stay with April until he is weaned, which can take six months or longer.

Once the calf is born, the Harpursville zoo in upstate NY will have a contest to name it.

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