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Giraffe birth cam at NY zoo

Giraffe birth cam at NY zoo

HARPURSVILLE – Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville has announced that their 15-year-old giraffe, April, is expecting a calf – and they are once again live-streaming its birth on YouTube.

The giraffe will spend the first few minutes licking her calf clean and encouraging it to stand.

She was showing the signs: pacing, "star gazing", waxing of the teats, irritability, anxiety, according to zoo owner Jordan Patch.

A live chat that had originally accompanied the stream was discontinued after the zoo felt it had strayed from its original goal: to educate.

The stream was briefly removed from YouTube on Thursday after animal rights activists labeled it explicit.

Giraffes are pregnant for 15 months before giving birth.

Anyone keen to see a baby giraffe birth, can do so via Facebook or YouTube even though there is a clear division in minds if such a video depicts sexuality and nudity.

An official for Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, blamed the debacle on "animal rights activists" he said falsely reported the video because they were unhappy with the animal's captivity.

We don't know when April's new calf will be here, but settle in and enjoy nature taking its course.

Patch said he appealed YouTube's decision, allowing the zoo to start up a new live stream by mid-morning. But be warned, you may not get a thing done while the stream is going.

The live stream of the 15-year-old female giraffe, named April, that launched on February 10 was taken down for a short time on Thursday morning.

The calf will weigh around 150 pounds at birth and be about 6 feet tall, with the front hooves coming out first followed by the snout. Videos containing fetish content will be removed or age-restricted depending on the severity of the act in question.

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