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

Adventure Park in Binghamton N.Y. a giraffe named April stands with her new calf on Saturday

Internet explorers around the world were able to watch the astonishing capabilities of nature via live stream, and the zookeepers at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, say that they'll be holding a contest to determine the new giraffe's name.

This is April's fourth calf, but Animal Adventure Park's first giraffe calf.

The adorable little guy stands 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 129 pounds, Animal Adventure Park reports.

In response to the suspicion around the legitimacy of April's pregnancy, Jordan Patch, owner of the Animal Adventure Park Zoo, told WGN News they never had any doubts that she was indeed expecting a baby.

According to the zoo's Facebook page, the baby giraffe had a check up and is doing well.

The not-yet-named male baby giraffe was running around with its mother within three hours of birth at the private zoo in Harpursville, a village 130 miles (210 kilometers) northwest of New York City. On the day April welcomed her baby boy to the world, over 14 million people tuned in, with 1.2 million from around the world watching the actual birth as it happened. Monday will also bring the first list of the top ten leading names in the naming contest!

The park says the money will be used to help with giraffe conservation efforts and continued improvements at Animal Adventure Park.

The real midwives were the team at Animal Adventure Park.

April has her own website and even an apparel line. A GoFundMe fundraiser page that initially set a goal of $50,000 sat at almost $139,000 by Sunday night.

"I think the fact that she's a giraffe and she's a neat species that people are interested in, that's fostered a lot of the attention", he said. It is now closed and will open to the public in mid-May.

April's new calf remains nameless as AAP will look to the viewers to recommend names for the park's newest giraffe.

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