2020欧洲杯赛事HARPURSVILLE, NY — April, the forever-pregnant celebrity giraffe at Animal Adventure Park in upstate New York, finally went into labor on live cam Saturday morning. She welcomed an adorable, miniature version of herself into the world on the eve of Easter Sunday.

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"It's happening! The labor alert has just gone out," zoo owner Jordan Patch said in an ecstatic Facebook video around 7 a.m.

More than 1 million viewers watched live as the baby's feet emerged from April's behind. The soon-to-be mom paced to and fro in her pen and occasionally licked the emerging calf while Oliver, the baby's father, surveyed the scene from the pen next door. And finally, after months of waiting, the world watched as April's baby — a boy! — emerged in full around 10 a.m. and dropped to the floor.

April immediately bent down to tend to the little one. Shortly after, the newborn raised his own head and nuzzled mom.

Below, watch video of April and her wobbly mini-me bonding and hanging out in their pen.

The zoo's live cam blinked out of service for the final time Friday, April 21, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. "The future plans will be announced next week of when and how you can check on baby," zookeepers said Friday on Facebook.


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Zookeepers originally guessed April's calf would be born Friday, March 31. However, the big moment still hadn't arrived by the afternoon of Friday, April 14 — adding fuel to growing conspiracy theories that April's entire pregnancy has been an elaborate hoax.

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2020欧洲杯赛事April's zookeepers responded to the conspiracy theorists on Facebook earlier this week. "Patience is a virtue!" the zoo wrote. "Remember, the Giraffe Cam was not set-up to capture an immediate birth — it was set-up to capture a process. Mind you, we did expect a calf sooner than this — but that is all part of the journey!"

The zoo is now T-shirts that say "I survived giraffe watch" and "I spent March waiting for April."

Here's video footage from the moment of birth:

Millions of viewers were glued to April's live cam for more than two months, waiting for her to give birth and plagued by a common worry: that they'd shut their laptop on April, only to learn later they just missed the baby giraffe's arrival after investing so much time watching its mom do nothing more than loaf around.

On her international stage, April the giraffe mostly just chewed cud, slept, did her business, bugged Oliver (her baby daddy, who lives in the pen next to her) and stood in place.

But the monotony was almost part of the allure. It's as if we were testing ourselves: Could we see this thing through? Were we capable of tolerating a viral celebrity who nonchalantly — and unknowingly, of course — overstays the average life span of an internet sensation? Could we overcome our own tech-fried attention spans and adjust to the natural way of things?

And how awful would it be to have monitored April for so long, only for her to deliver her package right after we abandoned her? She had to pop that thing out at some point, right?

Humanity's shared impatience was captured in a parody video recorded by a pregnant woman in South Carolina a few weeks into the wait:



2020欧洲杯赛事We all had a good laugh — then went back to waiting.

April was due in mid-February, according to her zoo. However, Animal Adventure Park officials reminded the public that a giraffe's average gestation period is around 15 months — making it difficult to get the timing exactly right.

In Q&A sessions posted to their buzzing , zoo officials repeatedly asserted that there was no way to predict exactly when the big moment will arrive. "If we knew the date, we'd let you know," one zookeeper said. "We're waiting just as patiently as you are."

For spiritual types, some false hope arrived on March 5 in the form of an "omen of the impending birth," the zoo said: an imprint in her bedding shaped like "the face and neck of a young giraffe."

2020欧洲杯赛事Here's a screenshot. Think it resembles the new baby boy?



Images courtesy of Animal Adventure Park

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