Here's how you can help name April the giraffe's calf

Posted April 18, 2017

Animal Adventure Park is giving all of April's fans a chance to further their bond by helping to choose a name for her baby. The Harpursville, New York, zoo has opened a baby-naming contest on their website after the calf's Saturday, April 15, birth. 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.

The long-awaited offspring of internet sensation April the Giraffe is being described as strong and "very independent".

The not-yet-named male baby giraffe was running around with its mother within three hours of birth at the private zoo in Harpursville, a village 130 miles (210 kilometers) northwest of New York City. Zoo owner Jordan Patch says both mom and calf are doing fine.

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But it is a normal part of the birth process in giraffes, and it helps the little one break out of the enclosing amniotic sac and begin breathing on its own, Laurie Holloway, a spokesperson for the Dallas Zoo, told Live Science in 2011, following the delivery of a giraffe calf at that zoo.

Almost two months after April the pregnant giraffe made her YouTube debut on February 11, she has finally delivered a healthy calf - a male. Some 1.2 million people were watching.

Patch called the birth "unnerving" to watch. The calf's father, Oliver, who watched the birth from an adjacent pen, is a first-time father at the age of 5.

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Millions of people around the USA and the world flocked to their screens early Saturday morning when April the giraffe went into labor. Giraffes are pregnant for 15 months on average.

Animal Adventure Park posted on its Facebook page Sunday that the calf weighs 129 pounds (58.5 kilograms) and stands 5 feet 9 inches tall (1.75 meters).

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