The world’s most anticipated birth concluded early Saturday morning when April the giraffe finally delivered her fourth calf at Animal Adventure Park in New York.
April delivered the male calf at around 9:53 a.m. EDT, according to Animal Adventure Park owner Jordan Patch. Both mama and baby are healthy, Patch added.
While the calf’s weight is currently unknown, zoo officials said they weigh around 150 pounds and are about 6-feet tall at birth.
So what happens next?
Patch told local media the zoo’s giraffe cam would continue to livestream April and her baby until Thursday, April 20.
Interested viewers can follow the baby’s progress there, as well as through regular text updates. You can sign up for text alerts by clicking here.
Social media naming contest
Ever since April the giraffe went viral, zoo officials have said they would hold a social media contest to name the newborn.
The time has come and here’s all you need to know if you want to participate:
- First thing’s first: You need to click here to access the baby-naming contest.
- You’ll be able to vote on as many names as you want – and you can even choose how you want the name to be spelled!
- You’ll have about 10 days to vote as many times as you want
- The top ten names will then be picked, and a second contest will follow.
- The second contest will last about another five days and the winner will be announced shortly after.
The funds collected from the naming contest will be used for giraffe conservation efforts, a program called Ava’s Little Heroes, and money will also go toward helping Animal Adventure Park.
You can watch Animal Adventure Park’s giraffe cam live below: