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April the Giraffe Gives Birth

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All over the world people watched as April the Giraffe gave birth to a boy calf on Saturday, April 15, 2017.  The birth was livestreamed and at least 1.2 million people watched.  The zoo is called Animal Adventure Park and it is located in New York.  April was pregnant for almost seventeen months, which is longer than the usual fifteen month pregnancy.  This is April’s fourth calf, but first birth to be livestreamed.  After only 45 minutes, the baby was able to stand on its legs. The giraffe stood at about five feet nine inches tall and weighed about 120 pounds.  There was a contest to help pick a name and a GoFundMe page was set up to raise money for its upkeep. Over $100,000 dollars was raised after one week.   On May 1st, the calf’s name was announced.  His name is Tajiri.  It is a Swahili name and stands for hope and confidence.  Everyone agrees that the baby giraffe brought the whole world together!

Here are some facts about giraffes:

Ten hours after birth, a baby giraffe can run.

The giraffe will not eat solid foods for a few months.  

An adult giraffe eats about 75 pounds of food a day.

Giraffes are listed as vulnerable on the endangered species list.

 

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