Giraffe-ic Jam in Harpursville: Animal Park Awaits Arrival of New Calf [Watch Live Stream]
Great news for those of you who have been keeping tabs on April the giraffe during her pregnancy. After a brief suspension, the live feed at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville has been brought back online! Camille DeLongis has more on what caused the disturbance, and why April's keepers say that video is so important.
HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. -- April is a 15-year-old reticulated giraffe. Millions of people around the world have already come to know her well. She's expected to birth a calf any day now, and viewers have been sharing in her journey by tuning into Animal Adventure Park's live feed on YouTube.
"Last night at about midnight, we had [more than] 20 or 30 million individuals tune in and watch that live cam,” said Animal Adventure Park Owner Jordan Patch.
Her keepers were dealing with major outcry Thursday morning after the video was suspended for complaints of nudity and sexual content by animal rights activists.
"By reporting that live feed and having it pulled offline, you've literally just pulled an educational tool away from millions and millions and millions of viewers worldwide. We were airing in classrooms in Spain yesterday,” said Patch.
Patch says we're losing giraffes at an alarming rate -- the species being dubbed the "silent extinction."
"If your agenda is to have animals set free someday, that's great, but until we can curb poaching and replenish and protect their natural environments, this is what we have left. If we want to have these animals left on Earth to appreciate, and understand and to eventually conserve, we need these efforts that we're putting in now," said Patch.
As for April, her keepers say her pregnancy is progressing very well. She is happy and healthy, but like the rest of us, anxious to meet her little one.
The animal park started a GoFundMe page to help offset annual costs associated with giraffe care.