The private NY zoo whose pregnant giraffe became an internet sensation says April the giraffe's newborn calf is a male.
More than a million people watched on a live stream as April the giraffe gave birth to a calf at a NY zoo.
April is one of the most popular residents at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York.
The 15-year-old giraffe gave birth to a wobbly-legged calf yesterday, creating an Easter weekend sensation for her large network of fans around the world. The zoo plans to hold a contest to name the baby.
April's celebrity and the public fascination with her unborn calf blossomed when the zoo began providing a live YouTube stream in February. The proud father, a five-year-old named Oliver, watched from an adjacent pen.
Since February, the live feed provided by AAP attracted millions across the USA and in many parts of the world.
The park is now closed to the public and will open in mid-May.
A NY zoo's livestream video of its pregnant giraffe is showing her giving birth.
A zoo spokesperson says the delivery could take all day Saturday.
The YouTube livestream shows more than 600,000 were watching the blessed event Saturday morning.
The weight of the newborn is unknown, but a calf at birth is usually about 6 feet tall and weighs a whopping 100 to 150 pounds. Some viewers had previously complained that the content was "sexually explicit", resulting in YouTube briefly taking down the live stream in February.
Once the calf is born, the Harpursville zoo in upstate NY will have a contest to name it.