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April the Giraffe

Giraffe watch: Social media posts speculate now is the time

April the Giraffe gazes at the camera after the webcam went down during severe weather Wednesday. (Source: Animal Adventure Park/Facebook April the Giraffe gazes at the camera after the webcam went down during severe weather Wednesday. (Source: Animal Adventure Park/Facebook

HARPURSVILLE, NY (RNN) -  Social media buzz about April the giraffe has lit up, keepers at the  Animal Adventure Park said Thursday night, with lots of posts speculating that "tonight is the night" for April to give birth to her calf. The posts were based on April's behavior and positioning.

It's been more than a month since the park shared the news of April's impending birth with the world, via social media. 

Thursday morning, the park reported that April had been "notably slower" at breakfast. They had said earlier this week they hope that April is "in the home stretch" of her pregnancy. 

But as the vet said Monday, there isn't enough data on giraffe pregnancies to say exactly when April could go into labor.

April's popularity led to a sponsorship from Toys 'R' Us, which has long featured the fictional "Geoffrey the Giraffe" as its mascot. 

"Both Animal Adventure Park and Toys 'R' Us have the common goal of bringing awareness to the plight of the giraffe as well as the need to create a sustainable future for them," the Facebook post stated. "Made possible in part by their sponsorship, Animal Adventure Park will be donating $25,000 to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation!"

Meanwhile, another birth took place at the park. They said twin goats, one boy and one girl, were born late Wednesday night. 

Live chats with zookeepers and staff are back on for the week, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. ET Sunday through Thursday.

The park reported the giraffes may soon receive some outdoor time as the snow melts and the weather warms up.

Tens of thousands of people have been tuned in for days watching the reticulated giraffe walk around her pen and do very little else, waiting until she has the baby.

The calf will be April's fourth calf and her mate Oliver's first calf.

The little giraffe won't be all that little. At birth it will weigh in at about 150 pounds and will stand at about 6' tall, Animal Adventure Park said.

The feed was earlier removed by YouTube after it was labeled sexually explicit. The park blamed the removal on animal rights activists who oppose zoos.

While April has not yet given birth, the park reported on its Facebook page that it has welcomed three black belly Barbados lambs and twin pygmy goats since the giraffe watch began.

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