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April the Giraffe gives birth, Animal Adventure Park in New York says

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – April, the world famous mother giraffe, gave birth to her fifth calf Saturday.

The giraffe gave birth at 12:42 p.m. Saturday as Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, live streamed video of the event on social media.

The park posted on Facebook shortly after 11 a.m. Saturday that April was in labor. Live video at around 11:15 a.m. showed a hoof emerging from April.

At 11:33 a.m. Saturday, the park sent out the text alerting fans the giraffe was in labor. The park stated on the website, “The Animal Adventure Giraffe Team will send out a text notification, immediately after confirming April is in labor!” There was a $5 charge to sign up for the alert.

This is the second time thousands waited for one of April’s bouncing babies to enter the world. In 2017 it took just a few hours after the birth alert went out until April’s new baby was seen. 

More: April the Giraffe is ready to be a mama again at any moment and we’re riveted

April became a internet superstar in 2017 when the world watched, and waited … and waited … and waited … for the 16-foot-tall, reticulated giraffe to give birth to her son, Tajiri

More than 1.2 million people watched the live birth on April 15, 2017. Close to 800,000 watched the live birth on the park’s Facebook Live video feed. 

Tajiri was given his name through an online voting contest about two weeks after he was born. It’s a Swahili name for “hope” and “confidence.” 

Just a few weeks ago, the park added new female companion for Taj. Her name was chosen the same way. It’s Johari, which is Swahili for “Jewel.”

This new baby will get a name in the same way.  

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