April the Giraffe gives birth at zoo in New York

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Saturday, April 15, 2017
April's calf stands up for the first time
Watch video of April the giraffe's newborn calf standing up for the first time and taking its first steps.

HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (KGO) -- After much anticipation, April the giraffe gave birth at a New York zoo as hundreds of thousands of viewers watched a livestream of the moment.

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The camera feed, watched live by at least 1.2 million people on YouTube, shows the proud mama's pen at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, a rural village in upstate New York.

April, who is 15 years old, had the baby with Oliver, a 5-year-old giraffe, according to Animal Adventure. This is Oliver's first calf, but April knows the drill - this will be her fourth.

VIDEO: Watch April the Giraffe give birth

April was pregnant for 16 months, just over the normal gestation time for a giraffe. When she finally gave birth, her calf's front hooves came out first, followed by the snout. He or she is expected to weigh around 150 pounds and will stand about 6 feet tall.

April will raise her calf naturally, and weaning could take between 6 to 10 months, maybe longer. Oliver, however, will not assist in raising the calf. Male giraffes, according to Animal Adventure Park, "only really care about two things - fighting and the unmentionable."

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So because of fears of inbreeding, the calf will be relocated to another facility once the weaning process is over.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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April the Giraffe's newborn calf.
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