April The Giraffe Cam Going Off

April The Giraffe Cam Going Off

Their typical animal activities have won many over and have garnered a deeper appreciation for giraffes.

April, a 15-year-old at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, became an internet sensation after a live stream of her enclosure went up on YouTube Feb. 10.

Make no mistake. April made history, because YouTube tells us her channel is the second most live-viewed ever. You can continue to follow April at the zoo's website.

Just prior to the live cam going dark, all four gathered in April's stall to say goodbye. More than 1.2 million people watched as it happened Saturday. Entire virtual communities formed, regularly sharing observations on everything from April's apparent mood to the size and status of her nether regions.

For those wanting to check in on the as-yet-unnamed baby, plans will be announced next week.

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Animal Adventure Park already has a sea of requests from fans for updates and scoops on everything, like the first time the baby giraffe goes into the yard and when he gets shared space with Oliver. The Animal Adventure Park had previous said that it would take the stream down five days after April's birth.

The zoo said earlier this week the number of emails the Animal Adventure Park received from viewers were causing its servers to be bogged down, and interfere with operations.

Tonight the plug will be pulled on the 24/7 footage as her keepers at the Animal Adventure Park prepare for next month's open season.

"This sense of voyeurism - nearly a reality-TV-show-like approach through the Giraffe Cam - has really garnered an emotional connection between the fans and us".

A contest is underway to name the calf, with votes costing $1 each.

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