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Watch live: ‘Slow and steady’ progress for April the Giraffe

HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. — Things continue to be “slow and steady” for April the giraffe as she progresses toward giving birth to a fourth calf, park officials said Wednesday.

“April remains in great condition with no concerns from keepers or our vet team,” officials with Animal Adventure Park said on Facebook. “Activity in the belly remains very visible to the eye even through the web cam! Slow and steady – mother nature has everything timed right. Keepers will be in shortly and any change will warrant an update!”

The live camera feed was down for a time on Wednesday. Park officials said high winds caused problems with the feed.

The zoo has been streaming a view of the giraffe’s pen since February, and since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been tuning in to the live stream, waiting for the baby giraffe to be born.

Newswatch 16’s Peggy Lee even visited the expectant mom.

The zoo has also launched a GoFundMe campaign to offset the annual care of the giraffes.

5 comments

  • concerned for animals

    Keeping animals in small cages is unnatural. These giraffes should be allowed to roam on a natural habitat and not confined to a life behind bars. Un-support animals for human profit and entertainment.

    • Sharon Newsome

      I don’t know how these beautiful animals became apart of this park, so,I can agree with some of the comments that have been made.I have watched every day for weeks, regularly, what I have seen is a staff of caring and loving people, 24/7. We as viewers can only see a small part, of what I have found out is a rather large area, barn. These giraffes and the other animals there, I feel quite certain are allowed outside, for the safety of their health and well being, when the weather permits. This is New York, at this time of the year their weather very harsh! Thanks for allowing me to be a part of such a wonderful experience.

      • think positive

        Giraffes don’t belong in New York, that is EXACTLY the point. People are so selfish when they can only see things the way humans do, without realizing that animals DO NOT see things the same as humans.

  • think positive

    This giraffe doesn’t look pregnant. She is a very beautiful giraffe. I can’t help but to feel a little sorry for her. I mean, I know she’s an animal and everything, but deep down inside it feels like she’s being treated like a spectacle. The only pictures posted of her, on this site anyway, are pictures of her standing around in a stall, looking not pregnant. I just hope that in real life she is okay. Maybe it’s just me, but the constant posting of her just makes me feel a little concerned about her….and a little suspicious of what the heck is going on.

    • think positive

      Okay, I broke down and watched the video. I didn’t want to because I knew it would be depressing. And it was, even more than I thought. She’s all alone in there, looking out of the stall, staring at the wall, laying down, standing up, looking at the wall again, looking at the photographer. Now I will make sure I watch the video every day, just to make sure she is getting enough movement in her life. If pregnant animals are anything like pregnant women, then stagnancy and standing around in one place all day are THE WORST THING FOR HER, unless she is a high risk pregnancy, which I’m pretty sure she is not.

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