He's how tall? Birth stats out for April the giraffe's calf

  • He's how tall? Birth stats out for April the giraffe's calf

He's how tall? Birth stats out for April the giraffe's calf

So far, April has logged over 232 million live views, with more than 1.2 million watching at 9:55 a.m. ET on Saturday, and 14 million tuning in at some point that day. But it turns out baby giraffe's births are about as unpredictable as some elections we may or may not still be reeling from - because although April was exhibiting signs of labor, it took a full two months more for her baby to hit the scene.

Patch says April is "recovering perfectly" following the delivery.

April the giraffe finally gave birth to a healthy male calf this Saturday in Harpursville, New York, as over 1 million people watched in real time from around the world on the Animal Adventure Park's livestream.

According to the zoo's Facebook page, the baby giraffe had a check up and is doing well. Animal Adventure's owner, Jordan Patch, has described the global attention as "overwhelming" for him and his four-member staff, who also care for 200 other animals.

"It's too amusing that Baby G is camera shy (unlike #AprilTheGiraffe) and chooses the one corner we can't see - well played baby boy!" commented one Twitter user.

The weight of the newborn is unknown, but a calf at birth is usually about 6 feet tall and weighs a whopping 100 to 150 pounds. In this photo provided by Animal Adventure Park in Binghamton, N.Y., a giraffe named April kisses her new calf on Saturday, April 15, 2017. The proud papa, a 5-year-old giraffe named Oliver, watched from an adjacent pen.

The newborn is April's fourth calf but Animal Adventure Park's first giraffe calf. A GoFundMe fundraiser page that initially set a goal of $50,000 sat at more than $125,000 on Saturday morning.

April became famous in February when YouTube canceled her live stream feed for a short while after some complaints from animal rights activists.

The name of the calf will be decided by the winning vote on a poll created by the zoo, with voters registering online and paying one dollar via the website dedicated to the new calf.

As quite expected, the baby's front hooves came out first, followed by the snout. It was quickly restored, and has attracted millions of loyal viewers since.