He’s heads and shoulders above everyone else.
April the Giraffe, whose livestreamed pregnancy has captivated the internet, finally gave birth over the weekend. The Animal Adventure Park close to Binghamton, New York, announced that April had successfully delivered a healthy 5 feet 9 inches tall, 129-pound calf after a longer than expected 16-month pregnancy.
The park had livestreamed video of April in the leadup to the birth, and 1.2 million viewers watched her deliver the calf. A Facebook group dedicated to her pregnancy has more than 50,000 followers while a video of the actual birth drew more than 250,000 shares.
The so far unnamed baby has been a much-needed boon to the economically distressed upstate New York district around the park. For one, tourism has boomed. The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce says that one hotel that offered a package deal with tickets to the park has secured over 100 reservations, per the New York Times.
“His entrance into the world was unnerving to even those of us who have witnessed animal births previously,” says Jordan Patch, who owns the Animal Adventure Park, in a statement. He added that giraffes give birth standing up, meaning “when the calf is ready to be born, it exits its mother hooves first…six feet off the floor, making for a very exciting event!”
The park has also been a beneficiary of the birth. A GoFundMe campaign to raise $50,000 for giraffe car has so far drawn almost $140,000, while Toys “R” Us is believed to have paid $50,000 to sponsor the livecam feed.
The park has also announced a contest to name the calf. The public can vote up to 5 times for the next week or so, but at a cost of $1 per vote.
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