"Success! With an average 15-month gestation, we are thankful to have a healthy calf on the ground, nursing and bonding with mom", animal park owner Jordan Patch said.
The giraffe gave birth just after 12:40 p.m. Saturday as Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, live-streamed video of the event on social media when April went into labor around 11 a.m.
Officials said the newborn giraffe, April's fifth and her second with her current mate, Oliver, was on its feet by 1.27pm, and nursing by 1.51pm. "The naming contest is kind of a neat thing also, not only does it involve the fanbase and voting for the name and naming our calf, but it also supports giraffe conservation and also a program here at the park called "Ava's Little Heroes" which helps sick children in our immediate community", Patch told Newsweek.
The zoo alerted April's many fans to the big news through a text notification and Facebook post.
The park, where April has lived since 2015, began its "Giraffe Watch 2019" on the last day of February.
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April has given birth to four calves, according to Animal Adventure Park.
The 17-year-old giraffe became a viral sensation two years ago when she gave birth to a calf named Tajiri. April gave birth on March 16 but the new baby won't have a name for a couple of more weeks.
On Thursday the animal park tweeted she had "profoundly advanced" in the birthing process.
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