'Progression!': April the giraffe closer to giving birth, zoo says

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Pregnant April has been in the spotlight since a live webcam in her pen at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, started up on February 22.

It's been more than a month since the park shared the news of April's impending birth with the world, via social media. There is nothing like seeing the most majestic animals in the wild, the thrill has to be experienced to be appreciated, and even travelers who thought they wouldn't be interested are inevitably blown away.

"Keepers, vet, and Jordan (Patch, the park's owner) agree - we are getting there!" the park's Facebook update continues. An exact date and time of when April will be giving birth is still not known.

"Yes, I love on her, yes we get to spend a lot of great moments together, but the majority of my day is spent shoveling poop and feeding animals, working closely with our vet", Allysa says in the video. Photo is comments section!

Giraffes are pregnant for 15 months, according to Animal Adventure Park. Otherwise, he could be a danger to April and her calf by either fighting her, attempting to mate with her or eating her food.

The keepers will go in with April, clean her pen, give her treats (but not Oliver).

This will be Animal Adventure Park's first giraffe calf. The caps protect vital milk for the baby and will fall off prior to or during delivery, the zoo has said.

In the middle of the day, the giraffes are given enrichment puzzle feeders, which provide romaine lettuce and carrot treats as a reward for successful puzzle-solving. Male giraffes also are not part of the child rearing process.

Upon naturally weaning, the calf will move on to another facility to start a breeding program there.

"I think the fact that she's a giraffe and she's a neat species that people are interested in, that's fostered a lot of the attention", he said. At birth it will weigh in at about 150 pounds and will stand at about 6' tall, Animal Adventure Park said.

Once the calf is born and the sex is determined, Animal Adventures will post a contest announcement on their social media platforms where you can submit your name suggestions.

Once she begins labor, it could take anywhere between two to six hours for the calf to show.

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