The viewers who so avidly followed the birth - not to mention the last weeks of April's pregnancy online - can now delight in the presence of the spindly youngster alongside her in the pen. The money raised will be used for giraffe conservation efforts, the charity Ava's Little Heroes and also go toward supporting the Animal Adventure Park where April the giraffe and her calf reside. However, it was nowhere close to the most-viewed live-streaming event in YouTube's history: That's the Red Bull Stratos space jump by skydiver Felix Baumgartner in October 2012, which more than 8 million people watched live concurrently on YouTube.
HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) The wait is over for April the giraffe and the legions of fans who watched a NY zoo's livestream for signs that the long-legged internet star was in labor. Zoo owner Jordan Patch says both mom and calf are doing fine.
The 15-year-old giraffe delivered her calf shortly before 10 a.m. EDT in an enclosed pen at the zoo in rural Harpursville.
The zoo team said April has recovered "perfectly" and is eating "everything in sight".
Zoo officials later announced on their Twitter page that the newborn giraffe was male and posted a photo of the still-unnamed calf and its mother with the message: "All is well".
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The calf weighs in at 129 pounds and stands 5 feet 9 inches tall.
Want to help name April's baby giraffe? The calf will weigh around 150lb and will be about 6' tall at birth.
"Mom had a flawless delivery, ideal birthing", he said.
A Farmington, New Hampshire, songwriter even posted a music video on YouTube called, "I'm Going Crazy Waiting (For A Giraffe)". ABC7NY noted that April was pregnant for 16 months, just over the normal gestation time for a giraffe. There people can submit potential names for the male calf and/or vote for their favorite names.