Giraffe update: 'April is looking larger than ever'

HARPURSVILE, N.Y. - The wait may be over soon.

For more than two weeks, millions of people across the world have been glued to their computers and mobile devices watching April, a pregnant 15-year-old giraffe at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursvile, N.Y.

We've watched April eat. We've watched April sleep. We've watched April playfully interact with her calf's father, Oliver. We've watched her stand there. For hours.

But there are signs that the big moment could be upon us.

According to a post on Animal Adventure Park's Facebook page Monday morning, "April is looking larger than ever." The post goes on to say, "Morning keeper check reports active kicking and noticeable growth/drop in belly."

A few hours later, they posted, "Approx 12:45 pm EST today staff began noting and documenting significant changes. The vet was called and has been on site since. Another visit will be made in a few hours."

It did caution, "We cannot confirm active labor at this time."

The staff is taking precautions against Winter Storm Stella, which is headed up the East Coast. Staff posted on Tuesday the storm could cause some disruptions in the signal.

Could the storm result in a power outage that would deprive millions of the moment they've waited for? Could it be a sign?

Officials at Animal Adventure Park posted on Tuesday that they would need some help once the storm is done. 

"Once the snow stops, and travel is safe, we will need some helping hands and backs! We will post what and when --- once the time is right.

We have (4) team members onsite and hunkered down for the duration. Priorities are maintaining pathways to water sources, bedded down barns and shelters, and maintaining some sort of pathway for keeper access.

Current Totals are easily over 2', snow drifts achieving 4-5'.

Animals are all happy and safe, April the giraffe has agreed to hold out a day or so longer (we hope), and Keepers are recovering.

If you know a zookeeper, farmer, rancher, or any outdoor professional during this storm - thank them for their efforts!"

On Wednesday, the park posted:

April is doing what she does best, and waiting, and we are thankful!
 
April and Oliver are doing well in their heated barn, while 2-3' of snow encapsulate the property. All other stock is sheltered in place and comfortable.
 
April's condition remains the same as days prior, for which we are thankful.

In the meantime, here are photos a cute baby giraffe born a couple of weeks ago in Denver:

And some other cute April moments:



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