HARPURSVILLE, Ny. -- After becoming an overnight internet sensation at the end of February, viral YouTube star April the Giraffe remains very pregnant Sunday afternoon.
The 15-year-old giraffe, a resident of Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, NY, has skyrocketed to fame with millions worldwide tuning into the park's cameras to watch and wait for the arrival of April's calf. The page has more than 20 million views on YouTube, with well-wishers as far-flung as India and Scotland reaching out to park staff to send April good will.
The livestream first garnered national attention after users reported the video to YouTube for 'sexually explicit content' and 'nudity' in February (2/23) and had it briefly removed from the site. Park zookeepers believe activists who disagree with animals being kept in captivity were responsible for the video being pulled. The feed was restored about an hour later.
Zookeepers say they expected April to give birth to her fourth child in January or February, but may have miscalculated the date of conception - which accounts for the now-extended coverage. In the meantime, viewers can keep tuning in to YouTube to see how the very pregnant April is faring.
(Handout from the Animal Adventure Park Giraffe Cam)
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