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Will April The Giraffe Give Birth Today?

Will April The Giraffe Give Birth Today?”

Jordan Patch, owner of Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, N.Y., said Friday morning on ABC's "Good Morning America" that "April has progressed significantly overnight and, by all means, today is not the day to stop watching".

Keepers said all observations and behavior indicate the calf will be born Friday.

"The staff have been onsite with April all morning", the park's Facebook update reads.

The animal park in Harpursville, just outside of Binghamton, has seized worldwide attention with its live feed of April, the pregnant giraffe.

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The animal park posts two daily updates on their Facebook page, once in the morning and once in the evening to keep eager fans informed. "It should not be much longer!"

"April's website, aprilthegiraffe.com, includes a link for buying apparel from baby clothing to adult-sized hoodies imprinted with a giraffe's head and "#Aprils View Crew" along with the park's name and location. The live stream now has a huge Toy R Us logo. Four hours later, almost 200,000 watched as April calmly flicked her tongue while her beau Oliver stood in the background.

Yesterday Dr Tim confirmed April was showing "signs of giving birth" within the next few days.

At 15 years old, April the giraffe's upcoming calf is her fourth one - her first calf was with a giraffe named Thomas. April has never lost a calf nor had a stillborn.

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At the start of every day, April's keepers check on her and make a status report, which is relayed to the veterinarian by AAP officials, Patch told Live Science in an email.

Male giraffes instinctively care about three things. Giraffes are only in labor for about 20-30 minutes so once it's go-time, that's it! This will also be the Animal Adventure Park's first giraffe calf.

Her behavior and appetite were "on point" as she moved toward labor, the zoo said earlier this week. Bulls take no part in rearing young. The front hooves will reportedly come out first subsequently followed by the snout.

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