Denver zoo welcomes unexpected giraffe calf

Denver zoo welcomes unexpected giraffe calf

Denver zoo welcomes unexpected giraffe calf

Fort Worth Zoo spokesman Ron Surratt weighs in on when April the Giraffe might give birth at her NY zoo.

But early Tuesday morning, Kipele went into labor, delivering a male calf, which zoo officials named Dobby. The calf is expected to be about 6-feet tall and weigh approximately 150 pounds at birth.

The zoo says they didn't know until recently that Kipele was pregnant - in fact, she was on birth control!

When the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, nearly 200 miles north-west of NY, chose to put a live stream of mum-to-be April's pen on to YouTube in February, they were hoping to inspire the community by capturing the birth on camera.

In the 12 hours before it was removed, the live "giraffe cam" YouTube video stream had gotten more than 20 million views, Patch said.

Baby watch continues eight days after the world started waiting for April the Giraffe to give birth. But now it's back up, and more people than ever are interested.

The Harpursville zoo tantalized fans Thursday night, posting with excitement, "April is - without question - growing!"

April's gestation period will have taken 15 months.

"There's a handful of extremists and animal rights activists that may not agree with us and that's OK", said zoo owner Jordan Patch in a Facebook video addressing the shutdown. With any luck, she'll look even remotely like Mazi, the impossibly cute baby giraffe born a couple weeks ago at the Nashville Zoo.

Baby giraffe Dobby is being monitored closely by both Denver and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo officials after tests showed a lack of infection-fighting proteins in the calf.

An exact date and time of when April will be giving birth is still not known.

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