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Giraffe watch: Internet sensation April reportedly just hour away from giving birth

Julie Banderas reports from New York

 

Will April-- the pregnant giraffe that's taken the Internet by storm--wait to give birth until her namesake month rolls around?

Friday could finally be the day that the beloved animal gives birth to her calf. Zookeepers at Animal Adventure Park say April’s pregnancy is moving along and “we could be hours away” from welcoming a new giraffe to the property.

“All observations, behavior, and predictions suggest a calf today, tonight - we would be shocked to get through the weekend without our newest addition,” zookeepers posted Friday on the official Animal Adventure Park Facebook page.

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The Animal Adventure Park began live streaming from April's enclosure on Feb. 23 in anticipation of the new calf's birth. The feed has since drawn worldwide attention with thousands tuning in an commenting excitedly. 

The animal park posts two daily updates on their Facebook page, once in the morning and once in the evening to keep eager fans informed. Each post garners thousands of shares, likes and comments.

This will be April’s fourth calf but it will be the first for her mate Oliver.

As of Friday morning, over 244,600 people were watching the live stream. Many eagerly commented on Twitter as they watched April walk around.

Some fans, however excited, aren't quite sure if they're ready to witness such a large mammal giving birth.

April has even become so popular that some are wondering if the whole pregnancy is giant park conspiracy-- especially given her timely name.

In a Facebook post Wednesday evening, park veterinarian Dr. Tim reported, "Ok Gang... if you have been watching today, you should start getting excited... we are seeing almost all the signs of birth happening within the coming days... of course, my schedule is crazy for the next few days so naturally, we will pick the worst time possible. Hah. In an effort to speed things along I am launching "Operation Taco Induction"... let's see what happens. (Not in Labor...) yet. - disclaimer - she didn't actually get a taco. I'm not ridiculous."

Animal Adventure Park is located Harpursville, N.Y. is scheduled to reopen for the summer season May 13-- at which point loyal fans will undoubtedly be flocking to see April and her new calf.