It finally happened. After 16 months, April the giraffe finally delivered her fourth calf at Animal Adventure Park.
HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) The wait is over for April the giraffe and the legions of fans who watched a NY zoo's livestream for signs that the long-legged internet star was in labor.
Animal Adventure Park owner Jordan Patch appeared on Good Morning America Monday, April 17, and said both April and her newborn are thriving.
April's celebrity and the public fascination with her unborn calf blossomed when the zoo began providing a live YouTube stream in February.
"April has recovered perfectly and is eating everything in sight!" the team posted on its official Facebook page.
Patch said the natural curiosity surrounding giraffes and their birthing process was a huge factor in drawing crowds.
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In addition, Animal Adventure Park became the fifth-fastest channel to 200 million views, hitting the mark in just 54 days (behind the likes of Lady Gaga and Zayn). People around the world have been tuning in daily.
April has her own website and even an apparel line. Afterwards, the spindly 6-foot-tall (1.83-meter) calf, estimated to weigh as much as 150 pounds (68 kg), was seen standing at its mother's side.
In this image made from video provided by Animal Adventure Park in Binghamton, N.Y., April the giraffe muzzles her new calf seconds after giving birth on Saturday, April 15, 2017.
The park's livestream in the giraffe pen, a huge hit since going live on February 22, continues to rank among YouTube's top five trending videos.
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.
Giraffes are pregnant for 15 months on average, and the wait for April to give birth had raised global interest, with a livestream and a fundraising drive.