On Feb. 28, the Denver Zoo giraffe gave birth to an unexpected baby boy, later named Dobby, without fanfare in the early morning.
April's good but "active" night appeared to have been caused by the possibility of a few contractions Friday night into Saturday, but Animal Adventure Park said it can not confirm she did have contractions.
Dobby, a male giraffe, was born at 3 a.m. Tuesday at the Denver Zoo. Her keeper and vet documented "increased tail raising and holding", as well as "periods of increased movement/pace" Wednesday night.
By Thursday, the post was liked more than 18,000 times. They're bonding at the zoo's giraffe building, which will remain closed for a while so the mother and son can enjoy some peace and quiet.
This means millions of people have spent a total of millennium - the same amount of time it took the world to go from the Dark Ages to putting a man on the moon - watching literally nothing happen. The graceful giraffe appeared calm and collected as she picked at stray pieces of hay and stretched around to scratch a back itch.
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Animal Adventure Park is closed for the winter. "Just not yet in the giraffe barn".
The privately owned zoo's giraffe cam began live-streaming video from April's enclosure last week. Thousands upon thousands of commenters voiced their frustration on Facebook and YouTube, and the stream was restored within an hour or so. Once April goes into active labor, zookeepers will go in to help her the rest of the way.
Patch plans to hold an online naming competition for the baby after it's born.
April's calf is expected to be as tall as six feet (1.82m) and 150 pounds (68kg) when he or she finally arrives.