April the giraffe gives birth before online audience

The hooves of the baby giraffe can be seen sticking out as April starts to give birth

The hooves of the baby giraffe can be seen sticking out as April starts to give birth

After weeks of suspense, April the giraffe finally gave birth on Saturday to a baby boy, delighting of hundreds of thousands of people who have been monitoring a live cam feed from a NY zoo in anticipation of the long-overdue event.

April's pregnancy was catapulted into global headlines in late February after YouTube briefly yanked the zoo's live stream following complaints by animal activists that it violated the site's policies concerning "nudity and sexual content".

Giraffes have one of the longest gestation periods of any animal, about 15 months.

Once the calf is born, the Harpursville zoo in upstate NY will have a contest to name it.

The calf's father is Oliver, a five-year-old giraffe kept in the same petting zoo.

Many have watched the pregnant giraffe through different live streams provided by numerous feeds throughout the Internet, including the CBSDFW Facebook page.

The news service adds that the zoo plans on a naming contest.

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According to The Associated Press, at least 1.2 million people watched the event on Animal Adventure Park's YouTube page. The zoo began streaming from April's enclosure in February. April has her own website and even a clothing line.

Buzzfeed News has isolated the exact moment of birth and it can be viewed below.

No other details on the calf were announced, but they usually weigh around 150 pounds (68.04 kilograms) and are about 6 feet (1.83 meters) tall at birth.

A zoo spokesperson says the delivery could take all day Saturday.

Animal Adventure is in rural Harpursville, New York.

Animal Adventure park is now closed to the public and will open in mid-May.

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