April the giraffe who became a Youtube star as millions followed her pregnancy on livecam gave birth again on Saturday to another enthralled online audience.
April gave birth to a healthy male calf around 12.45pm on Saturday, as more than 300,000 viewers looked on.
Officials said the newborn giraffe, April’s fifth and her second with her current mate, Oliver, was on its feet by 1.27pm, and nursing by 1.51pm.
“Success! With an average 15-month gestation, we are thankful to have a healthy calf on the ground, nursing and bonding with mom,” the animal park owner Jordan Patch said. “With wild giraffe numbers plummeting annually, every calf born counts.”
A naming contest for the new calf will be held soon. Fans will be able to see the little one face to face when Animal Adventure Park opens for the season on 1 May.
Zoo officials said big brother Tajiri, meanwhile, is on his way to starting a family of his own. The park welcomed an adult female giraffe, known as Johari, in January.
More than 232 million YouTube live views tuned into Animal Adventure Park’s livestream of April during a seven-week period before she gave birth to Tajiri.