A watched pot never boils and for the past several weeks, the eyes of the entire planet have been fixated upon one pregnant giraffe in Harpursville, NY, and it seems as if nothing was happening.
At last, on the morning of Saturday, April 15, 2017, April the Giraffe has begun showing signs that a new birth is eminent.
Shortly after 7 a.m., two legs began appearing and in the time that has passed, more than 30,000 people have downloaded the livestream to watch a new birth on Easter weekend.
The zoo has stated that it will host a contest in the days ahead to determine the new giraffe’s name. Giraffe numbers have declined by ~40% in the last 30 years
This weekend’s giraffe birth is important, as giraffe numbers have declined by 40% over the last 30 years and the species is now listed as ‘vulnerable to extinction’ and has been placed on the IUCN Red List.
With only less than 100,000 giraffes remaining in the wild, there are more than four times the number of African elephants than giraffes on the continent.
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