Giraffe cam watchers on April: 'Looks like she's about to pop'

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They give birth to calves while standing to avoid breakage of the amniotic sac. "We can not confirm active labor at this time.", according to a Facebook post Monday from Animal Adventure.

The mom-to-be and fan favorite of millions around the globe is "in great condition" despite the blistering cold spell gripping the tri-state this weekend, the upstate NY zoo live-streaming her pen said. "We start another week without a calf!"

Keepers reported on Saturday that there were "no significant changes" in April's physical appearance.

"April continues to be in great condition.Significant baby/belly movement this early morning (3-4am) and again around 7 am", the zoo wrote. "The team is preparing accordingly-as we do-with any weather activity of concern", the park said. "The horns on giraffes are actually called ossicones", the zoo wrote. "When calfs are born, the ossicones lie flat on the head, and after birth, the cartilage becomes erect and begins to fasten to the skull". A live stream of April has gone viral on social media.

Jordan Patch, owner of the Animal Adventure Park, says the natural curiosity surrounding giraffes and their birthing process has been a huge factor in drawing crowds. "It does not mean just because they bred, they conceived", Patch said. "Questions are best asked in comments on our posts for us to address in our weekly video update".

This will be April's fourth calf and the first for the father, Oliver. A name will be determined by a vote. "Hello, humans of the Internet".

And although we've all been waiting on bated breath for more than two weeks now, there is no sign yet of her fourth calf.

Watch the live stream below. But newsflash: "Staring at me and demanding 'Where's that baby already??' is NOT helping". April has been pregnant for 15 months, the normal gestation time for a giraffe. Thousands followed her pregnancy on a live cam through YouTube.



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