The internet may occasionally come to your rescue, but it is not patient.
Earlier this week, viewers rallied around a YouTube livestream of a pregnant giraffe named April waiting to give birth at the Animal Adventure Park in New York. The stream was briefly taken down following explicit content reports from pranksters, but under pressure from the web, YouTube quickly reinstated it.
Apparently the old saying that “no press is bad press” stands true, because the stream, which probably would have gone unnoticed by the majority of the internet, got major attention after the controversy. That was Thursday, it’s now Sunday and April the giraffe has yet to give birth.
Sorry April, but the Oscars is on tonight and the internet is starting to get impatient.
Ok that giraffe needs to stand tf up and start pushing like wtf
— michaela (@_michaelaaaaa_) February 26, 2017
The giraffe still hasn’t had the baby yet wtf
— Tookie Clothespin (@ckfockler) February 25, 2017
I thought it was like 1am but it’s actually 3:46am & I’m still awake steady watching this pregnant giraffe livestream wtf
— Dana Fiorio (@d_fiorio_16) February 26, 2017
1:30 am and I’m still checking on this giraffe 🙄 if I miss the birth I’m gonna be pissed. Too much time invested 😂
— SydneyB (@sydney_berkey) February 26, 2017
Everyone on Facebook is waiting for some giraffe to give birth and are pissed because it has not happened yet
— Son Of A Backes (@Blawlz01) February 26, 2017
Omg I was really just watching April the giraffe for a couple hours again…
wtf is wrong with me?
— Maribel (@Marriibellyy) February 26, 2017
The zoo did warn the internet that this may happen, however. When the stream was initially pulled, zoo owner Jordan Patch held a Facebook live to explain the situation. At the end of the video, he reset the internet’s expectations.
“It’s a very natural process, and we can’t put timelines on that,” Patch said on Thursday. “Timelines are human invented. Animals and nature will do everything on their timeline.”
Patch then explained that the labor process can take two to six hours, or sometimes it can take days.
The zoo also updated its Facebook page Sunday morning with the hashtag #GiraffeWatch2017, and attempted to shut down any rumors that she had already given birth or that the whole thing was a marketing ploy.
The zoo said it will announce the birthing process as soon as it knows it’s happening for sure, and it explained why April may not look like she’s in labor yet.
Please remember – we will not announce active labor until calf hooves are visible. Naturally, giraffes hide signs of labor – as to not alert every predator around, that they and a new calf will be vulnerable to attack. However, once we are final stages of the labor – the process is quick. Visible hooves- to – calf on the ground, can be as short as 30 minutes!