At least 1.2 million people watched Adventure Park's YouTube streaming of the event. Numbers continued to grow as viewers waited impatiently for baby, and peaked when April delivered her male calf on Saturday.
The zoo's owner says the newborn will stay with April until he is weaned, which can take six months or longer.
Less than two days after April the giraffe gave birth to a calf, the Animal Adventure Park in NY is calling on fans to help name the much-anticipated baby boy.
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In a cultural and political landscape as divisive as 2017, one of the very few things the internet managed to come together and set aside its differences for was, of all things, a live feed of a pregnant giraffe about to give birth.
The newborn stood up on his wobbly legs about 45 minutes after he was born.
In a statement made by Jordan Patch, Animal Adventure Park owner, through NBC News, he said: "His entrance into the world was unnerving to even those of us who have witnessed animal births previously. 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".
Patch says the contest is a donation based system, where people pay a minimum of five dollars to suggest five possible names for the calf.
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The Internet-famous animal gave birth, after two months of being anxiously watched on her live stream, to a baby boy.
The 15-year-old giraffe had her baby around 9 a.m. Saturday morning.
Animal Adventure park is now closed to the public and will open in mid-May. This is his first offspring. A GoFundMe fundraiser page that initially set a goal of $50,000 sat at almost $139,000 by Sunday night.
The live stream started in February as fans intensely followed April.
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Animal Adventure Park now has a fund-raising contest to name the newborn. Their population has plunged from as many as 163,000 in 1985 to just over 97,000 previous year, International Union for Conservation of Nature reported.