April The Giraffe's Baby 'Very Independent,' Zoo Owner Says

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Birth stats for April the giraffe's new calf were revealed Sunday by Animal Adventure Park in NY on its Facebook page.

Hundreds of thousands of viewers have watched the 15-year-old April since then, and more than a million people witnessed the birth on the livestream. However, it was nowhere close to the most-viewed live-streaming event in YouTube's history: That's the Red Bull Stratos space jump by skydiver Felix Baumgartner in October 2012, which more than 8 million people watched live concurrently on YouTube. "Giraffes give birth standing up, which means when the calf is ready to be born, it exits its mother hooves first from six feet off the floor, making for a very exciting event".

Animal Adventure Park owner Jordan Patch appeared on Good Morning America Monday, April 17, and said both April and her newborn are thriving.

April's appetite is also healthy; she is "eating everything in sight" and has made a full recovery, AAP representatives said on Facebook.

Patch called the birth "unnerving" to watch.

Patch announced a 10-day campaign in which fans can vote on a name for April's calf for a fee of $1 per vote with a minimum purchase of five votes. The calf will weigh around 150lb and will be about 6' tall at birth.

April delivered the male calf Saturday morning.

April has her own website and even an apparel line. A GoFundMe fundraiser page that initially set a goal of $50,000 sat at almost $139,000 by Sunday night.

The wait for April to give birth raised global interest with a livestream leading up to the birth.

Ever since April the giraffe went viral, zoo officials have said they would hold a social media contest to name the newborn.

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