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Giraffe Cam

  • 05-03-2017 3:04pm
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    Closed Accounts Posts: 1,433 The Raptor


    April the Giraffe is due to give birth any day and you can watch it live here on the Giraffe cam. This is the coolest thing I have watched all weekend.

    http://www.aprilthegiraffe.com


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  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 1,203 Jack the Stripper


    Grabs popcorn and cancels day out with family.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 13,017 ✭✭✭✭ Ken.


    Mod-Moved to CV&P&L. Please read the local charter before posting.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,164 ✭✭✭✭ Potential-Monke


    Christ she looks dead bored...


  • Moderators, Arts Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 72,150 Mod ✭✭✭✭ New Home


    I think she might deliver before the morning - before lunchtime anyway; both herself and the male seem very restless, she's pacing and waving her tail a lot, and from time to time she lifts one of her hind legs! :)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,433 The Raptor


    New Home wrote: »
    I think she might deliver before the morning - before lunchtime anyway; both herself and the male seem very restless, she's pacing and waving her tail a lot, and from time to time she lifts one of her hind legs! :)

    Nooo

    The Giraffe cam is down due to bad weather. I can't cope if I miss this.


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  • Moderators, Arts Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 72,150 Mod ✭✭✭✭ New Home


    I think it's time!!! :)


  • Moderators, Arts Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 72,150 Mod ✭✭✭✭ New Home


    Must've been a Braxton Hicks... :/


  • Moderators, Arts Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 72,150 Mod ✭✭✭✭ New Home


    Unless I'm being fooled again, there seems to be a lot of belly movement at the moment. Is she finally having proper contractions??


  • Moderators, Arts Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 72,150 Mod ✭✭✭✭ New Home


    April's been sitting down a lot today. She's sitting down right now, she seems to be having obvious contractions and she's breathing differently, and she's been cleaning herself. I know I said it before, but I think this is it!!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,433 The Raptor


    Don't they give birth standing up.


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  • Moderators, Arts Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 72,150 Mod ✭✭✭✭ New Home


    Yes, but I'm not sure about what they do when they're having contractions.


  • Registered Users Posts: 145 ✭✭ pg339


    April fools joke?


  • Moderators, Arts Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 72,150 Mod ✭✭✭✭ New Home


    Not for another 15 days. ;)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,433 The Raptor


    Yes, I think this is it. Apparently in the wild they don't lie down or sleep for more than 15 minutes at a time. She has spent alot of time lying down today so the birth is getting closer.


  • Moderators, Arts Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 72,150 Mod ✭✭✭✭ New Home


    April is sitting down, her breathing is laboured, and her tummy is twitching... I don't know whether to be excited or worried...

    Or she's probably just pulling our legs.


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 20,914 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Pawwed Rig


    Does she ever get to go outside? Seems to be always in that little room.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,118 ✭✭✭ TheIrishGrover


    New Home wrote: »
    April is sitting down, her breathing is laboured, and her tummy is twitching... I don't know whether to be excited or worried...

    Or she's probably just pulling our legs.
    Our short short legs


  • Moderators, Arts Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 72,150 Mod ✭✭✭✭ New Home


    Pawwed Rig wrote: »
    Does she ever get to go outside? Seems to be always in that little room.

    I know... :( I'm not sure if they always keep her in that pen, or if it's just while they wait for her to give birth...

    From their YouTube page: (That might very well be, but it doesn't make me feel any better)

    "THINGS TO KNOW:
    April is 15 - her 4th calf
    April has never lost a calf nor had a stillborn
    Oliver is 5 - his 1st calf

    They have some of the largest indoor stalls in the nation (sq ft per animal). We take pride in our indoor housing and the level of enrichment and care to keep them happy and healthy. Unsafe weather and yard conditions may limit their yard access.

    The calf will weigh around 150lb and will be about 6' tall at birth.
    The front hooves will come out first followed by the snout.

    Mom will naturally raise the calf, with weaning could take between 6-10 months, maybe longer. We will not rush this process – it is just a documented range of captive weaning.

    Once the calf is born, we will have a contest to name it.

    The keepers will go in with April, clean her pen, give her treats (but not Oliver). He is a bull - and a bull is a bull is a bull!

    Giraffes are pregnant for 15 months on average

    Upon naturally weaning, the calf will move on to another facility to start a breeding program there. We cannot retain offspring, as it would lead to incestuous mating and undermine the genetics of the program and species.

    Those "things" on their heads are called ossicones.

    Bulls (male giraffes) only really care about two things- fighting and the unmentionable....
    Oliver may share space with April, but for short periods. Bulls take no part in rearing young.

    They eat hay and specialized giraffe diet but love romaine lettuce and carrot treats.

    April's water source, enrichment, and solo hay feeder are out of sight of the camera view."


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 13,017 ✭✭✭✭ Ken.


    New Home wrote: »

    Once the calf is born, we will have a contest to name it.

    Getting in early with the winning name being Giraffey mcgiraffeface.


  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 3,854 Mod ✭✭✭✭ TherapyBoy


    April the giraffe currently has 6 hoofs.

    Edit: She's back to 4 hoofs now, plus a baby giraffe!

    Moderator: Non Drinkers Group & Grand Theft Auto



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