Why is it taking so long for April the Giraffe to deliver?Posted: Updated:
With millions of eyes around the globe focused on her, via giraffecam, you could hardly blame April the giraffe for being shy.
But, that's not the reason she hasn't given birth so far. Even though zookeepers at Animal Adventure Park in New York expected a delivery about two weeks ago, it is not an exact science.
A giraffe pregnancy normally takes 15 months. But Kristy Morcom with Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium and Safari Park says the real question is when that magic moment will actually occur. “It is hard to know an exact due date because you have to know when that giraffe conceived which is not always that easy….they are together and they may decide to participate in breeding behavior when no one is around, or they could be participating and nothing is really happening.
Morcom tells us a clue that we are really close is when zookeepers remove dad, Oliver. “You don't want the father in there once the mother gives birth. The father does not partake in raising the young at all.”
Adult males can sometimes be aggressive with their young, so Morcom says it is better all around to separate them. The signal to move him is when mom starts producing milk.
When the baby does arrive, don't worry. Contrary to popular belief, he or she will not have a six-foot drop.
"A giraffe is about 6 feet long and it is born with front hooves first and the head, so by the time the head and feet come out they are only about a foot off the ground,” Morcom explains.
And, it turns out April may not be the only Giraffe expecting.
Staffers say they did observe breeding behavior at Wildlife World recently, but it is too early to tell if any magic happened.
And if you just can't wait to see some zoo babies, Morcom says now is the time to visit Wildlife World.
From little jackals to a tiny wallaby and some pint-sized otters, it is baby season there right now, and they have plenty to see.
To watch April: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClnQCgFa9lCBL-KXZMOoO9Q/live
For more information:
Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium
16501 W. Northern Avenue
Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
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