April the giraffe: Help name her newborn


A peak of more than 1.2 million people watched April give birth live on Saturday, April 15, at 9:55 a.m. ET on Saturday.

April became the subject of much interest in the past months as she neared her birth date, which the Harpursville, New York park had promised to stream live. 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.

HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - The long-awaited offspring of internet sensation April the Giraffe is being described as strong and "very independent".

To enter the contest, visit Animal Adventure Park's baby naming website. Expected to give birth in February, April had millions of viewers on the zoo's live feed in a tizzy, hoping that they'd all be there for the moment of the baby's arrival.

The zoo team said April has recovered "perfectly" and is eating "everything in sight".

The yet-to-be-named calf is the fourth calf for 15-year-old April.

"We're going to see that baby and mom really develop a lovely bond", Patch said.

Millions of people around the US and the world flocked to their screens early Saturday morning when April the giraffe went into labor.

Five things to know about April and her newborn.

"His entrance into the world was unnerving to even those of us who have witnessed animal births previously", Animal Adventure Park owner Jordan Patch told NBC News. The gestation period for giraffes is 14 or 15 months, and by the end carting around 129 pounds of some other being ain't no joke.

Patch announced a 10-day campaign in which fans can vote on a name for April's calf for a fee of $1 per vote with a minimum purchase of five votes.