It’s a happy day for animal lovers and internet voyeurs everywhere. April, the 16-year-old giraffe from Animal Adventure Park in New York is pregnant again! Last year, April gained world fame when the birth of her fourth calf was live-streamed to over one million people.
According to the folks over at Animal Adventure Park, this is a huge deal ⏤ and not just for April and her baby dad, a six-year-old giraffe named Oliver. It’s a big deal for the world’s giraffe population in general. “Every calf counts,” park owner Jordan Patch told TODAY. “Giraffe populations have declined by 40 percent in the past 30 years, so every calf born in a captive management program means something.”
While April’s fans are happy to learn that she’s got another bun in the oven, the whole thing has been something of a secret at Animal Adventure Park for the last couple of weeks. Patch hinted that she might be pregnant during a recent live stream but couldn’t confirm, noting only that some important tests were underway at the park. Turns out, you can’t buy a giraffe pregnancy test. To discern whether she was expecting, park officials had to examine one month’s worth of April’s poop.
Now that it’s been confirmed, however, all bets are on and the live-stream is back up and running. Still, it’ll be some time before April is ready to deliver her next calf. Giraffes have a notoriously long gestation period that usually lasts about 15 months. That said, Patch has noted that April is no stranger to taking her sweet time. She’s held onto calves for as long as 19 months in the past. Which means mark your calendars, she might not give birth until the late spring or early summer of 2019.