Zoo owner: April the giraffe's baby is 'very independent'

Adventure Park in Binghamton N.Y. a giraffe named April stands with her new calf on Saturday

At the time of the birth, 1.25 million people were watching the livestream.

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.

April is said to have recovered perfectly and is eating "everything in sight". "Baby is strong and well, nursing like a champ", the zoo wrote for their daily update Sunday.

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.

Giraffes have one of the longest gestation periods of any animal, being pregnant for 14 to 15 months on average.

The newborn stood up on his wobbly legs about 45 minutes after he was born.

Mother, April, has also been described by the park's owner Jordan Patch as being "very protective and encouraging" of her calf.

Prior to the calf's birth on Saturday at around 10 a.m., many people had questioned whether April the giraffe's labor is just an April Fool's prank.

The day hundreds of thousands of viewers waited for finally arrived: April the giraffe gave birth to her calf Saturday.

When it comes to Oliver's baby mommy, this 15-year-old expert (this is her fourth baby) showed no hesitation in nuzzling and protecting her newborn calf. A GoFundMe fundraiser page that initially set a goal of $50,000 sat at more than $125,000 on Saturday morning. During the second part of the campaign, the top 10 names will be voted on.

April is very protective of her attractive son, as many new mothers are wont to be.

A Farmington, New Hampshire, songwriter even posted a music video on YouTube called, "I'm Going Crazy Waiting (For A Giraffe)".

The zoo began livestreaming from April's enclosure in February.

April and the baby will be introduced to the public when the park opens for the season next month.



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