We've been watching her for weeks, but zookeepers say April the Giraffe is close to giving birth to her calf. We have been told by other parks that mothers will sometimes feast just before the birth.
Animal Adventure Park has pledged to donate some of the money it raises from the April the Giraffe sponsorship, along with related merchandise it sells, to further giraffe conservation efforts around the world.
On Feb. 23, zoo officials started streaming on YouTube showing the female giraffe preparing to deliver a baby.
Could this weekend be the right time for April the Giraffe and the rest of world to meet the long overdue calf?
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The service costs a one-time charge of $4.99 and messages about April and her family may be sent until May 31.
"I think the fact that she's a giraffe and she's a neat species that people are interested in, that's fostered a lot of the attention", he said.
The calf with stay with April for 6-10 months then be re-homed.
Although she picked at her food earlier in the week, April had finished all the prior night's grain by Friday morning and was still chomping away, the zoo said.
The 15-year-old long-legged YouTube star, named April, is expected to give birth any time now in her enclosed pen at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, rural upstate village 130 miles northwest of New York City.
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"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.
Giraffes are pregnant for 15 months, according to Animal Adventure Park. However, April is still pregnant. That's why it's so hard to predict exactly when April the Giraffe will give birth.
Male giraffes don't take part in raising their off-spring.
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But they have capitalised on the excitement of the surely-soon-to-happen birth by releasing merchandise and a paid-for text alert system.
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