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    NY - Giraffe Watch: April, 15, due to give birth at Animal Adventure Park

    Amid the flooding, creme egg debacle and other disasters, I thought we needed an upbeat story to follow on here. April is due to give birth at any time now. A few noteworthy points from the article:


    • April is 15 - her 4th calf
    • April has never lost a calf nor had a stillborn - odd rumor
    • Oliver is 5 - his 1st calf
    • The calf will weigh around 150 lb and will be about 6' tall at birth.
    • The front hooves will come out first followed by the snout.
    • Mom will naturally raise the calf, with weaning could take between 6-10 months, maybe longer.
    • Giraffes are pregnant for 15 months
    • Those "things" on their heads are called ossicones.
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    http://www.wfaa.com/features/all-of-...ered/414643940
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    Don't miss it!

    According to a Sunday update from the zoo, it only takes a giraffe 30 minutes to go through active labor.
    Read more at ... http://www.abc15.com/news/national/n...n-aprils-labor


    Giraffe cam:

    "Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk."
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    She's so darn cute!!

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    My dang internet has been in and out since yesterday and I don't want to miss the birth! Gah! I'm no giraffe birthing expert (LOL!) but I'm seeing movement in her belly right now that I wasn't seeing this morning. I don't know if it's the calf moving or maybe contractions? This is such a happy distraction. Happy Mama's Day soon, April!

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    She was pacing quite a bit this afternoon. I thought I saw it moving around in her belly a bit.

    Thanks for posting this, Indy Anna.

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    Love this pic of April! She knows she's a star.


    http://www.wbng.com/story/34618293/g...big-baby-kicks

    And, yes, the article does say those noticeable belly movements are baby kicks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Indy Anna View Post
    Love this pic of April! She knows she's a star.


    http://www.wbng.com/story/34618293/g...big-baby-kicks

    And, yes, the article does say those noticeable belly movements are baby kicks.
    She reminds me of this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watergirl62 View Post
    She was pacing quite a bit this afternoon. I thought I saw it moving around in her belly a bit.

    Thanks for posting this, Indy Anna.
    I've been watching her closely to see if I can see her tummy tighten with contractions, but so far all I've seen is a really busy baby!

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    I'm really surprised there aren't more responses on this thread. April is so adorable!
    Praying for Jason.
    Find Beaner!
    Where is Kayla Berg?
    Justice for Stephanie Low, 9-22-14 RIP Stephanie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mom who cares View Post
    I'm really surprised there aren't more responses on this thread. April is so adorable!

    I'm surprised too! Glued to the live feed here. April and Oliver are just precious. Can't wait to see the new arrival stand on it's wobbly little legs! I'm going to be a sobbing mess! lol


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    Quote Originally Posted by LaborOfLobe View Post
    I'm surprised too! Glued to the live feed here. April and Oliver are just precious. Can't wait to see the new arrival stand on it's wobbly little legs! I'm going to be a sobbing mess! lol
    I was afraid the little tyke would arrive during the night and I would miss it.
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    I've been casting this to our tv lol. Night here now, curious to check in tomorrow!

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    She was smacking or chewing her lips a lot this morning around sunrise. Not eating, though it looked like a similar motion. I think she was probably uncomfortable or stressed. This afternoon I could see the baby moving around a lot! Wow.


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    Quote Originally Posted by watergirl62 View Post
    She was smacking or chewing her lips a lot this morning around sunrise. Not eating, though it looked like a similar motion. I think she was probably uncomfortable or stressed. This afternoon I could see the baby moving around a lot! Wow.

    I was wondering about the chewing so I looked it up on Wiki, they chew a cud like cows do:

    Reticulated giraffes are ruminants, just like cattle and other ungulates, and their stomachs have four parts, with food passing through the first and water going directly to the second. The first stomach partially digests the twigs, leaves, and whatever else the giraffe has ingested whole. During the day, when the animal is not feeding, parts of this fermented mixture are brought back up from the stomach in hard lumps (eructation). Giraffes chew on these lumps, called cud, throughout the day, helping to further break the food down. Once they are done chewing on the piece of cud, it is sent to the third stomach, and finally the fourth stomach to be digested fully.[6]

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reticulated_giraffe

    She definitely looks uncomfortable at times. Good heavens, those kicks can be intense!

    And the baby watch continues...

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    I thought this was a neat video:



    This zoo in Colorado has had almost 200 giraffe births!

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