Animal Adventure Park is looking for help naming April's calf.
HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - The long-awaited arrival of April the giraffe's baby has made Animal Adventure Park the second most live-viewed channel in YouTube's history. Zoo owner Jordan Patch said both mom and calf were doing fine.
More than a million online viewers watched April deliver her calf in Harpursville, a rural upstate village about 130 miles (209 kilometers) northwest of New York City.
The zoo began streaming live footage of April's pen on February 10, but the feed was briefly banned from YouTube for "nudity and sexual content" two weeks later.
April is also recovering well and eating heartily, her keepers report.
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The zoo says funds raised in this effort will go towards giraffe conservation efforts, Ava's Little Heroes, and towards the Animal Adventure Park itself.
April became famous in February when YouTube canceled her live stream feed for a short while after some complaints from animal rights activists. The calf's father, Oliver, who watched the birth from an adjacent pen, is a first-time father at the age of 5.
The baby calf was a male, he is April's fourth calf but the zoo's first one.
At least 1.2 million people watched Adventure Park's YouTube streaming of the event.
The zoo will be accepting votes on the calf's name. People around the world have been tuning in daily. Afterwards, the spindly 6-foot-tall (1.83-meter) calf, estimated to weigh as much as 150 pounds (68 kg), was seen standing at its mother's side. "You even get to decide your own spelling".
The average giraffe pregnancy lasts about 15 months, the zoo said.