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    NY - Giraffe Watch: April, 15, due to give birth at Animal Adventure Park #2

    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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    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:

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    Ooops, I left two posts on first thread before it closed.
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    It seems darker than usual in the pens right now. Wonder why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yesiamapirate View Post
    It seems darker than usual in the pens right now. Wonder why?
    I was just coming here to ask about the lights. I don't know why they have them turned off.
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    Live stream is offline right now Maybe vet is examining April. When I was watching live stream late this afternoon, I noticed April fidgeting and moving each of her legs. I was sure that I saw movement in her belly area. Saw Oliver lying down for a while. Haven't ever seen April "resting".

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    Lights normally do not go out until late evening

    Vet came in earlier taking video ... She is very restless this evening


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    Live stream is up but it is still dark. Hummmm

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    I was typing this long crazy boring post when the last thread closed lucky I saved it.

    We are told April is pregnant and by all signs she appears so. When she is actually due is anybody's guess. It could be tomorrow or Easter, Mothers Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, or perhaps Christmas. Did anyone catch Oliver and April during the act.

    I will tell when I was due with my last child many years ago, he was due Christmas day. That day came and went and of course all of the people asked when are you going to have that baby. I started telling them at Easter, that became the joke between me and DH. My neighbor and I were both due the same time and on the day before New Years eve we stepped out in the morning to retrieve our morning newspaper. I told her it looks like neither of us are going to get that Tax deduction. She agreed!

    The next morning I woke up to my water breaking so off to the hospital we went. After about 3-4 hrs we had our son. The next day DH showed up with a bunny rabbit for my Easter Baby (actually a New Years Eve Baby). My neighbor didn't have hers until January 6.

    Moral of the story Babys' come when they are good and ready!

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    If someone had told me at the end of February that we'd go into a second thread...

    ...and baby watch continues! Love this girl!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Yesiamapirate View Post
    It seems darker than usual in the pens right now. Wonder why?
    Maybe they got light overload being outside today. It appears still light outside. I have never seen them turn off the lights inside this early.

    It is usually 8 or 9 pm when the lights go out at night. Maybe even 10 pm.
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    Maybe the zoos light bill got out of control with the live streaming and they are having to conserve.
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    All I see is a couple of dark head knobs bobbing around in the dark. ��

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    I think the lights were turned off while the doors to outside were open and maybe Cory forgot to turn them back on when he closed Oliver's door. JMO

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    A 2nd thread. Wow.

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