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April the pregnant giraffe's webcam goes viral


April hasn't delivered her calf yet at Animal Adventure Park in NY, but the Denver Zoo has welcomed an unexpected baby giraffe.

Dobby was 5-feet-tall and weighed 73 pounds when he was born - figures that are actually small for a new giraffe, according to the Denver Zoo.

Zookeepers did not know that Kipele was expecting until recently because she was on birth control.

Nearly 25 million patient and not-so-patient fans have logged on to a live YouTube stream to check on her progress, but many have been left disappointed at the lack of action.

The world has been waiting with bated breath for more than a week for April the giraffe to give birth.

In a Facebook update Wednesday night, the park said there was some movement from inside April's belly.

In the video streaming on YouTube, April, a 15-year-old reticulated giraffe, can be seen pacing inside her barn and raising her tail before her delivery.


Zoo officials say mother and baby initially will not be on public display for a few days to provide them peace and quiet.

April was expected to give birth sometime in mid-February.

A giraffe's pregnancy lasts about 15 months.

Millions of people it seems like have caught a case of "giraffe hysteria" over the birth of April the Giraffe's newest calf and the baby hasn't even arrived yet.

"He is still behind-the-scenes resting with mom, but has been nursing and gaining weight", the Denver Zoo posted to Facebook. The zoo also warned fans of fake livestreams and websites selling giraffe-related merchandise.

Aprilthegiraffe.com includes a link for buying merchandise from baby clothing to adult-sized hoodies imprinted with a giraffe's head and '#Aprils View Crew'.

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