After weeks in which observers noted their extreme impatience, April—a 15-year-old giraffe who lives at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York—gave birth to a baby boy in front of a rapt internet audience. The long wait was over, the pregnancy conspiracy theories were debunked, and mom was very happy.
Now zookeepers are getting to know April's as-yet-unnamed son, and he just had his first veterinary check-up on Easter morning. Although they saw an expected weight drop, he looks to be a healthy boy in every way—and look how handsome!
4/16 Morning Update
Vet Check and a Thumbs Up
This morning the team got hands on with baby to do a full vet check and record height and weight.
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 129 lbs
(there is a weight drop the first 24 hours)
Baby checks out just perfect!
Nursing strongly this morning without any concerns.
April has recovered perfectly and is eating everything in sight!
I don't know what's crazier—that a baby animal can be born that huge, or that it has to fall about six feet to the ground when it comes out of the womb.
And to think we assumed we could get back to our lives after April gave birth. Now we just want to read updates on the baby every day. Animal Adventure Park has also announced a fundraising effort to name the new long-necked little dude, with money going toward giraffe conservation efforts in the wild.
Can someone remind me why I didn't grow up to be a zookeeper like I said I would when I was nine years old? Because I really dropped the ball on that.