HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (CBS4) – Keepers at Animal Adventure Park say April’s behavior is “off” from normal tonight, and wouldn’t even let veterinarians close, as she prepares to give birth.
Vets couldn’t get close enough to take pictures of April’s mammary development. The udders, however, are full based on a visual inspection.
The zoo is hoping to launch a subscription-based text alert system, including a labor alert message and exclusive texts, photos, info, and calf updates over the next few months. We’ll post info on our website as soon as that comes in.
Until then, stay tuned to the CBSDenver 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.”