Now that the baby giraffe has finally arrived, many of his ardent new fans are asking, "What's his name?" At the time of the birth, 1.25 million people were watching the livestream.
"We're going to see that baby and mom really develop a attractive bond", Patch said. A naming contest is actually in the works to help name April's baby calf. April the giraffe gave birth at a NY zoo as more than a million people around the world watched live.
Knowing the Internet, there will be plenty of votes for Giraffey McGiraffeface, but the zoo says participants can "vote on any name or names" for the next 10 days.
April the giraffe's calf is nursing strongly and his mother is recovering "perfectly", said officials with Animal Adventure Park on Sunday after a morning veterinarian check with the newborn. The 15-year-old giraffe had the calf at around 9am.
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The zoo began streaming live footage of April's pen on February 10, but the feed was briefly banned from YouTube for "nudity and sexual content" two weeks later. People around the world have been tuning in daily, with some growing impatient as the pregnancy seemed to drag on. Animal Adventure's owner, Jordan Patch, has described the global attention as "overwhelming" for him and his four-member staff, who also care for 200 other animals.
The yet-to-be-named calf is the fourth calf for 15-year-old April.
Animal Adventure Park posted on its Facebook page that the calf weighs 58.5 kg and stands 1.75m tall.
Mom will naturally raise the calf, with weaning could take between 6-10 months, maybe longer. Animal Adventure says it can't keep the offspring because that could lead to incestuous mating.