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As millions watch via webcam, giraffe gives birth in NY zoo

16 April 2017

Animal Adventure Park began livestreaming from April's enclosure in February, garnering hundreds of thousands of views daily.

"It's insane", Jordan Patch, the park owner, previously told EXCLUSIVELY "It's overwhelming". The BBC called the calf's arrival the most-anticipated birth since the arrival of Prince George, son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, in 2013.

Dad Oliver is in an adjacent pen checking in frequently on his calf.

Animal Adventure park is now closed to the public and will open in mid-May.

April, a giraffe at a NY state zoo, gave birth Saturday on a widely-and-intensely-watched live stream. The camera feed, watched live by at least 1.2 million people on YouTube, shows the proud mama's pen at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, a rural village in upstate NY. Thousands of fans have kept watch over live webcam footage chronicling April's every move.

An event nearly 16 months in the making is going down right this moment at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York. The proud papa is a 5-year-old giraffe named Oliver.

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The livestream became the subject of more controversy as the zoo began to more actively monetize the pregnancy.

The world has been watching and waiting and now it looks like the time has come. After over a month and a half of trauma, today the feed is down and April is a new mom to baby number four! They plan to hold a contest to name the baby.

Patch says the natural curiosity surrounding giraffes and their birthing process has been a huge factor in drawing crowds.

April, the 15-year-old giraffe, has finally given birth. Millions of followers have waited anxiously to see the birth of her calf. Here is the full birth as streamed live on the YouTube giraffe cam early Saturday morning.

At its peak, the stream drew almost five million viewers a day and a flood of media coverage and attention for Harpursville, which is about three hours northwest of New York City, The New York Times reported.