April the giraffe gave birth at a NY zoo as more than a million people around the world watched live.
The proceeds from the contest will benefit the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, Animal Adventure Park and Ava's Little Heroes, a charity that helps families with medical expenses and is named after the zoo owners' daughter, who suffers from a rare form of epilepsy.
Animal Adventure Park posted on its Facebook page that the calf weighs 58.5 kg and stands 1.75m tall.
April the giraffe finally gives birthWhile the calf's weight is now unknown, zoo officials said they weigh around 150 pounds and are about 6-feet tall at birth.
April the giraffe's baby boy is taking his first few steps and "nursing like a champ" at the NY zoo where he was born, but the little guy still needs a name.
The baby calf was a male, he is April's fourth calf but the zoo's first one.
April became internet famous when her pregnancy was live-streamed by the zoo, which is located in rural New York, three hours northwest of New York City. Unlike humans, giraffes are pregnant for up to 15 months! About 45 minutes after it was born, the calf stood on its wobbly legs for the first time while mom helped keep her baby steady. Zoo owner Jordan Patch says both mom and calf are doing fine.
The day hundreds of thousands of viewers waited for finally arrived: April the giraffe gave birth to her calf Saturday. The proud papa, a 5-year-old giraffe named Oliver, watched from an adjacent pen. You even get to decide your own spelling.
The live stream started in February as fans intensely followed April. The money will be used for the care of the animals.
The zoo announced in a press release that there will be a naming contest for the new giraffe. It is now closed and will open to the public in mid-May. It was quickly restored, and has attracted millions of loyal viewers since.