In a long-anticipated event that caused almost two million people to suddenly think, "Oh, so that's what a giraffe's vagina looks like", all at once, New York-based zoo animal and internet celebrity April The Giraffe has finally given birth.
At least 1.2 million people watched the Adventure Park's YouTube streaming of the event.
The 15-year-old giraffe delivered her calf Saturday in an enclosed pen at the zoo in Harpursville, a rural upstate village about 130 miles (209 kilometers) northwest of New York City.
Hundreds of thousands of viewers have watched the 15-year-old April since then, and more than a million people witnessed the birth on the livestream.
The feed of April's pregnancy had been briefly interrupted by YouTube in February after complaints by some viewers over what they deemed to be "sexually explicit" content. But a word of advice: next time there's a viral craze surrounding the birth of an animal, remember that you're signing up to watch an unpredictable, often unpleasant birthing process.
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For over two months now, so many of us have been focusing a frankly ridiculous amount of attention on a pregnant giraffe living in a NY zoo.
"For about 10 days you can vote on any name or names you choose for April's new calf", according to the website. The money will be used for the care of the animals.
The reaction on Twitter was ebullient and hopeful: "We did it, internet!" You can also sponsor the mom and her wee one by contributing to Animal Adventure's GoFundMe page, which has already raised $132K (with an initial $50K goal) in one month. "We had a giraffe baby together;" "Everybody sticking their neck out for this baby giraffe;" and "On a day where "mother of all bombs" is a trending phrase, I love how the world unites over the birth of a baby giraffe".
While the calf's weight is now unknown, zoo officials said they weigh around 150 pounds and are about 6-feet tall at birth. Unlike humans, giraffes are pregnant for up to 15 months! Animal Adventure is now closed.