Zoo Workers Watching For Start To Birth Process

HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (CBS4) – A massive snowstorm kept the staff at The Animal Adventure Park away from their homes, according to the latest update posted on the park’s Facebook page.

 

The storm didn’t seem to bother April the Giraffe. Park officials say she remains in the same condition as this morning’s update. However, the vet says “we should begin watching for a shift in calf position/and belly carry from low to back.” That could mean the birthing process is right around the corner.

 

If anyone has been keeping track, it’s been a full three weeks since news of April’s pregnancy went viral.

The park says the crew will be back tomorrow to shovel three feet of snow off the property, as well as clean stalls.

Viewers should expect a Facebook Live update from the park “at some point” tomorrow. They say they want to “show just how much snow we have!”

CBS4 will keep you updated every step of the way online and on our Facebook page.

FAQs from Animal Adventure Park’s YouTube Channel:

THINGS TO KNOW:
April is 15 – her 4th calf
April has never lost a calf nor had a stillborn – odd rumor
Oliver is 5 – his 1st calf

They have some of the biggest pens in the nation (sq ft per animal). We take pride in our indoor housing and the level of enrichment and care to keep them happy and healthy.

The calf will weigh around 150lb 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. We will not rush this process – it is just a documented range of captive weaning.

Once the calf is born, we will have a contest to name it.

The keepers will go in with April, clean her pen, give her treats (but not Oliver). He is a bull – and a bull is a bull is a bull!

Giraffes are pregnant for 15 months

Upon naturally weaning, the calf will move on to another facility to start a breeding program there. We cannot retain offspring, as it would lead to incestuous mating and undermine the genetics of the program and species.

Those “things” on their heads are called ossicones.

Bulls (male giraffes) only really care about two things- fighting and the unmentionable….
Oliver may share space with April, but for short periods. Bulls take no part in rearing young.

They eat hay and specialized giraffe diet but love romaine lettuce and carrot treats.

April’s water source, enrichment, and solo hay feeder are out of sight of the camera view.

This is Animal Adventure’s first giraffe calf.

 

The Animal Adventure Park set up a GoFundMe account for those wishing to donate to help out the giraffe “family fund.”

LINK: Animal Adventure Park On Facebook

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