April's pregnancy was catapulted into global headlines late last month after YouTube briefly yanked the zoo's stream following complaints by animal activists that it violated the site's policies concerning "nudity and sexual content".
Zookeepers at an upstate NY zoo say there are noticeable bulges on April the giraffe's side as she prepares to give birth.
Zookeepers also said April is "very relaxed, and that her "tail has been raising on and off for periods of time". This will be his first calf.
They have some of the biggest pens in the nation (sq ft per animal).
When a giraffe calf is born, it weighs 150 pounds and stands at 6-feet-tall. The front hooves will come out first followed by the snout.
On Friday the Animal Adventure Park said: "April had a busy day, but handled it like a champ and continues to progress".
Livestream has been provided by the Animal Adventure Park in NY. It is just a documented range of captive weaning. April's keepers have noted what they call a significant mammary change, signaling that the delivery of her calf is approaching. He is a bull - and a bull is a bull is a bull, officials said.
Upon naturally weaning, the calf will move on to another facility to start a breeding program there.
Giraffes are pregnant for 15 months, according to Animal Adventure Park. Patch plans to hold an online naming competition for the baby after it's born.
"We can not retain offspring, as it would lead to incestuous mating and undermine the genetics of the program and species", the zoo says on its YouTube page. Giraffe's instinctively hide their labor for however long it's lasting in order to not draw attention from predators who will wait out a giraffe's labor in order to attack once the calf is born. Oliver may share space with April, but for short periods.
"April's website, aprilthegiraffe.com, includes a link for buying apparel from baby clothing to adult-sized hoodies imprinted with a giraffe's head and "#Aprils View Crew" along with the park's name and location.