Zoo Owner: April The Giraffe's Baby Is 'Very Independent'

YouTube channel showing giraffe birth 2nd most live-viewed

Now that April the giraffe has finally given birth, Animal Adventure Park is letting the internet help name the male calf.

April gave birth to her fourth calf Saturday. However, it was nowhere close to the most-viewed live-streaming event in YouTube's history: That's the Red Bull Stratos space jump by skydiver Felix Baumgartner in October 2012, which more than 8 million people watched live concurrently on YouTube.

Before the calf's birth, there were already fund-generating means launched by Animal Adventurr Park - an apparel line and a GoFundMe page - reportedly to properly take care of the mother-baby giraffes. Zoo owner Jordan Patch said both mom and calf were doing fine.

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The 15-year-old giraffe delivered her calf shortly before 10 a.m. EDT in an enclosed pen at the zoo in Harpursville, a rural upstate village about 130 miles northwest of New York City.

April's celebrity and the public fascination with her unborn calf blossomed when the zoo began providing a live YouTube stream in February.

April's appetite is also healthy; she is "eating everything in sight" and has made a full recovery, AAP representatives said on Facebook.

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"His entrance into the world was unnerving to even those of us who have witnessed animal births previously", Patch said in the statement.

It is the first time a calf has been born in the animal park. People around the world have been tuning in daily, with some growing impatient as the pregnancy seemed to drag on. Calves start walking about half an hour after birth. "You even get to decide your own spelling".

The adorable little guy stands 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 129 pounds, Animal Adventure Park reports.

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The zoo will be accepting votes on the calf's name. Giraffes are pregnant for 15 months on average.

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