April, a giraffe at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursvile, N.Y., has just given birth to her fourth calf. Visible labor began around 7:30 Saturday morning when a hoof appeared. The baby was born just before 10AM Saturday.
According to Giraffe Conservation Foundation, the average gestation period for a giraffe is about 15 months. Giraffes give birth standing up, so a newborn calf falls about 5 or 6 feet to the ground. A newborn will stand and run within a hour of birth, according to the GCF website.
April is 15 years old and the calf will weigh around 150 pounds and be about 6' tall at birth.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature places the future of the species in its "least concern" category. The giraffe, which lives in arid and dry-savanna zones of sub-Saharan Africa, have seen its range shrink because of increasing human populations in West Africa, according to the IUCN website.
Thursday afternoon, April got a visitor from another giraffe. Watch the encounter, here.
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