Zoo owner: April the giraffe's baby is 'very independent'

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In this photo provided by Animal Adventure Park in Binghamton, N.Y., a giraffe named April kisses her new calf on Saturday, April 15, 2017.

Less than two days after April the giraffe gave birth to a calf, the Animal Adventure Park in NY is calling on fans to help name the much-anticipated baby boy.

"April has recovered perfectly and is eating everything in sight!" the team posted on its official Facebook page. Calves start walking about half an hour after birth.

No other details on the calf were announced, but they usually weigh around 150 pounds (68.04 kilograms) and are about 6 feet (1.83 meters) tall at birth. At the time of the birth, 1.25 million people were watching the livestream.

Animal Adventure Park owner Jordan Patch said that both mom and calf are doing fine.

Patch called the birth "unnerving" to watch.

The owner of Animal Adventure Park in upstate NY says the not-yet-named baby boy was on its feet within an hour after its birth Saturday - and galloping around its mother within three hours. However, the park will not keep the newborn. This is his first offspring.

The park said it will livestream April and her calf through Thursday. People around the world have been tuning in daily. "You even get to decide your own spelling". The money will be used for the care of the animals. Giraffes are pregnant for 15 months on average.

Once the calf is born, the Harpursville zoo in upstate NY will have a contest to name it.

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



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