Zoo owner: April the giraffe's baby is 'very independent'

Zoo owner: April the giraffe's baby is 'very independent'

So many of you have followed April's pregnancy from the very beginning and developed a love for April and her new born baby calf. However, it was nowhere close to the most-viewed live-streaming event in YouTube's history: That's the Red Bull Stratos space jump by skydiver Felix Baumgartner in October 2012, which more than 8 million people watched live concurrently on YouTube. Zoo owner Jordan Patch says both mom and calf are doing fine.

Animal Adventure Park is a privately owned zoo in Harpursville about 130 miles (209 kilometers) northwest of New York City.

The zoo's giraffe camera will continue to show a livestream of April and her baby until Thursday, April 20.

April is also recovering well and eating heartily, her keepers report.

The baby calf was a male, he is April's fourth calf but the zoo's first one. Afterwards, the spindly 6-foot-tall (1.83-meter) calf, estimated to weigh as much as 150 pounds (68 kg), was seen standing at its mother's side.

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Now they need your help naming the famous baby giraffe.

In this image made from video provided by Animal Adventure Park in Binghamton, N.Y., April the giraffe muzzles her new calf seconds after giving birth on Saturday, April 15, 2017.

Keeping the calf "would lead to incestuous mating and undermine the genetics of the program and species", the Animal Adventure Park's website says.

The giraffe calf that was anxiously anticipated by live stream viewers around the world got a thorough checkup from a vet on Sunday, his second day of life.

The park's livestream in the giraffe pen, a huge hit since going live on February 22, continues to rank among YouTube's top five trending videos. A GoFundMe fundraiser page that initially set a goal of $50,000 sat at more than $125,000 on Saturday morning. There people can submit potential names for the male calf and/or vote for their favorite names.

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