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April the giraffe to give birth on YouTube with 1 million followers

Posted: 10:37 PM, Feb 26, 2017
Updated: 2017-02-26 22:37:56-05

NEW YORK — More than a million people have viewed a YouTube live stream of a pregnant giraffe awaiting the birth of a baby at an upstate New York animal park.

Jordan Patch, owner of the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, says the mother, called April, could give birth any time.

A YouTube webcam has been set up so people can watch the action.

It's not the 15-year-old mother giraffe's first pregnancy. But now, April has become a long-legged, spotted celebrity at the interactive, educational park featuring hundreds of animals — from wolves and zebras to pot-bellied pigs.

Giraffes can be in labor anywhere from hours to a full day.

Once the newborn appears, the park will hold an online naming competition.