Giraffe watch: Great appetite and good nature

The 8-year-old giraffe named Orla gave birth to a baby boy at the Chester Zoo while the cameras were waiting.

"April continues to ignore grain, and back end swell is noticeably larger than day prior", the caretaker wrote on the Harpursville, New York, zoo's Facebook page.

The Chester Zoo went live with their giraffe's birth. but only watch if you've got a strong stomach.

The park's live stream was interrupted briefly when YouTube pulled the feed after someone reported the images contained explicit material and nudity. Some employees at the zoo are hoping the calf will be born closer to that time.

The zoo says the calf born Monday and her mother, Elli, won't be on public display until cleared by the zoo's veterinary staff.

It seems like April the giraffe has been "ready to give birth" for a few months, right? She's in her 15th to 16th month now. Subscribers will have access to exclusive photos and videos of April the giraffe and will know the gender of the calf in advance.

So here's the thing about April the Giraffe and her ever-changing due date. "Made possible in part by their sponsorship, Animal Adventure Park will be donating $25,000 to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation!"

Animal Adventure Park has pledged to donate some of the money it raises from the April the Giraffe sponsorship, along with related merchandise it sells, to further giraffe conservation efforts around the world.

This will be April's fourth calf and the first for Oliver.

Once April's baby is born the zoo will hold an online competition to name it. One sign of active labor is when the giraffe's water breaks.

Last week, Patch, the park's owner, told ABC's "Good Morning America" that "April has progressed significantly overnight and, by all means, today is not the day to stop watching". On their official Facebook account, Animal Adventure Park assured subscribers that they will be notified once the labor process finally begins and that messages sent through this service will be reserved for significant content and updates only. If you can't get enough of April, make sure you listen to Kim's podcast to get the inside scoop.

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