April's giraffe calf height, weight revealed


April teased her millions of global adorers for weeks, showing signs of near-but-not-quite labor and otherwise enchanting her audience with cute right-at-the-camera gazes and tongue flicks, snack noshing and nuzzling with her much younger but handsome 5-year-old beau.

The 15-year-old giraffe delivered her calf in an enclosed pen at the private zoo in upstate Harpursville.

The newborn stood up on his wobbly legs about 45 minutes after he was born. At the time of the birth, 1.25 million people were watching the livestream.

Patch called the birth "unnerving" to watch.

According to the Associated Press, a live stream of April's enclosure has been streaming since February.

Millions of people around the US and the world flocked to their screens early Saturday morning when April the giraffe went into labor.

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The baby calf was a male, he is April's fourth calf but the zoo's first one.

Patch announced a 10-day campaign in which fans can vote on a name for April's calf for a fee of $1 per vote with a minimum purchase of five votes.

Patch says April is "recovering perfectly" following the delivery.

April has her own website and even an apparel line. The calf's father, Oliver, who watched the birth from an adjacent pen, is a first-time father at the age of 5. The money will be used for the care of the animals. ABC7NY noted that April was pregnant for 16 months, just over the normal gestation time for a giraffe.

Knowing the Internet, there will be plenty of votes for Giraffey McGiraffeface, but the zoo says participants can "vote on any name or names" for the next 10 days.

Still a little unsteady on his feet, April's newborn calf takes his first steps.