April the giraffe in great condition; Birth watch continues

Zoo representatives argued that wax caps develop on the teats of the udder to maintain colostrum inside the udder. "Caps are shed just prior or during delivery, or can be removed by the suckle of the baby". There is no question that April is looking larger than ever. On March 10, the zookeepers noted that the hungry pregnant giraffe likes a carrot before every vet visit, perceiving this snack as a fee to enter her pen.

April the giraffe continues to progress toward giving birth to a fourth calf. Male giraffes, according to Animal Adventure Park, "only really care about two things- fighting and the unmentionable". However, it was noticed by the vets and the keepers that her active baby and the sudden cold weather has made April anxious and edgy in recent weeks. Her handlers also noticed a that the giraffe experienced a tail-raising because of the pressure. The long-necked beauty gave followers a special 18-inch message Friday - she playfully stuck out her purple and blue tongue for the camera.

April's seemingly extended pregnancy drew more than 100,000 viewers to the live stream on YouTube Monday. Thousands upon thousands of commenters voiced their frustration on Facebook and YouTube, and the stream was restored within an hour or so.

A photo was posted by Animal Adventure Park showing wax caps put under April's belly to seal the colostrum in the udder, as well as to make sure that there will be milk for the calf's first nursing.

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. However, it will be the first for her giraffe mate Oliver who is five years old. He or she will weigh around 150lb and will stand at 6' tall. He has also launched an online contest of naming April's fourth giraffe calf once it is born.

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