April in March
How many of you have been watching the live cam covering a pregnant giraffe named April? April lives in Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, NY. The caretakers at the park are unsure of April’s due date, but they had expected the baby to be born toward the end of February. It is reported millions of people are watching, not including Elliott, one of my cats, seen here in my lap in the office.
Since I was a little girl, I have loved giraffes. There is something so graceful about the way they walk on those skinny legs while balancing a six foot long neck. The intricate patterns on their skin appear random yet artistically fashioned. While I am ambivalent about zoos, I do visit one every few years and giraffes are the main attraction for me. They can usually be seen from far away, small heads bobbing forward as they slowly walk about their enclosure.
There are several types of giraffes with quite different skin patterns and they come from various geographic regions. I am not going to waste your time with scientific information, because it’s all on the Internet for review or enlightenment. I also will refrain from discussing hunting, species endangerment or captivity although these are worthwhile subjects.
Today, I just want to share some fun, in case you are not already a part of the vigil. April is an experienced Mom pregnant with her fourth calf. She is fifteen years old, but her Baby Daddy is only five. You can see Oliver in the stall next to April watching over her attentively. Elliott and I have been observing them for about ten days. I carry the laptop into the room where I am working, or eating or enjoying visitors. In the living room a few nights ago, Elliott monitored the situation while I watched TV.
We are familiar with the routine of seeing the stalls swept out, hay delivered into the baskets high up on the walls, vets and other workers patting April and giving her treats by hand. Some viewers have reported seeing the baby moving in Mom’s big abdomen and even a mouse scurrying about the floor after lights out. We have missed both of those occurrences, but I have noticed her abdominal girth seems to be growing larger. One thing is sure, this waiting will come to an end and hopefully it will result in a healthy baby likely to weigh in at around 150 pounds, culminating the fifteen month pregnancy. I certainly hope this birth does not occur while we are sleeping.
So if you aren’t already on board, please join Elliott, me and a million others, including my family and nature loving friends. There are several sites available, but the official Park cam is at http://www.aprilthegiraffe.com
Please share thoughts if you become a “March April Watcher”.
“Those who wish to pet and baby wild animals ‘love’ them. But those who respect their natures and wish to let them live normal lives, love them more.” Edwin Way Teale