Joke's on Us: No April Fools' Giraffe Baby

08 April 2017, 07:27 | Robert Harris

Keepers report is that April has consumed all of last evening's grain offering, and continues to eat her hay.

Keepers also said April has some significant bulging in her hind quarters.

"Her body/belly is much less beach balled, as the bulges have streamlined, perhaps suggesting a new position of [the] calf", they said in a post on their Facebook page.

Animal lovers around the world are counting down to the arrival of April the giraffe's unborn baby and are probably wondering what to expect after its much-anticipated birth.

Sarah Roffe, giraffe team manager at Chester Zoo, said: 'For a little while we could just see two spindly legs poking out.

Have we filled in yet another missing puzzle piece to April the giraffe's labor?

The said they're hoping for a "launch sequence!" Labor lasts anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Animal Adventure Park officials can not retain offspring, as it would lead to incestuous mating and undermine the genetics of the program and species.

This will be Animal Adventure Park's first giraffe calf.

Her calf - which will weigh about 150 pounds and measure about 6 feet tall - will come out front hoofs first and begin walking 30 minutes to an hour later, according to Animal Planet.

The zoo said it will hold an online competition to name the baby giraffe once it's born. April has been pregnant for 15 months, the normal gestation time for a giraffe.

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There's been a lot of speculation of how long April has been in labor and if she's actually contracting.

"These are the three giraffe stalls so she would have been born in one of these", Cathy Ballone, of the former Catskill Game Farm, said.

A website capitalized on the video outage with a fake April Fools' Day story that claimed zoo officials admitted April was a male giraffe named Greg.

"Despite ongoing conservation efforts, the species is really struggling to bounce back", the zoo wrote on Facebook.

Baby-giraffe anticipation has reached a fever pitch.

How long has April been with Animal Adventure Park?

Temperatures at the Adventure Park warmed enough to let the giraffes go outside.

Around the time April the Giraffe passed the 15-month mark of her pregnancy, Toys "R" Us decided it had to act.

Upon naturally weaning, the calf will move on to another facility to start a breeding program there.

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