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Giraffe watch: April has busy day, fans freak out when webcam goes down

April the Giraffe gazes at the camera after the webcam went down during severe weather Wednesday. (Source: Animal Adventure Park/Facebook April the Giraffe gazes at the camera after the webcam went down during severe weather Wednesday. (Source: Animal Adventure Park/Facebook

HARPURSVILLE, NY (RNN) -  There's still no baby giraffe, but a vet on Friday told the  Animal Adventure Park  that milk is filling mom-to-be April's udders, her back end swell continues and her moodiness has returned - all good signs. 

Thousands of fans who have watched the giraffe's livecam feed for over a month were startled when the feed went down temporarily Friday evening, leaving social media commenters to ask one another whether the giraffe had given birth during that time. She had not. 

It's been more than a month since the park shared the news of April's impending birth with the world, via social media. 

On Monday, April's vet said there isn't enough data to determine exactly when she could go into labor. By Thursday, the park reported she had become notably slower. Earlier in the week, they said April was "in the home stretch" of her pregnancy. 

April's popularity led to a sponsorship from Toys 'R' Us, which has long featured the fictional "Geoffrey the Giraffe" as its mascot. 

"Both Animal Adventure Park and Toys 'R' Us have the common goal of bringing awareness to the plight of the giraffe as well as the need to create a sustainable future for them," the Facebook post stated. "Made possible in part by their sponsorship, Animal Adventure Park will be donating $25,000 to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation!"

Meanwhile, another birth took place at the park. They said twin goats, one boy and one girl, were born late Wednesday night. 

Live chats with zookeepers and staff are back on for the week, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. ET Sunday through Thursday.

The park reported the giraffes may soon receive some outdoor time as the snow melts and the weather warms up.

Tens of thousands of people have been tuned in for days watching the reticulated giraffe walk around her pen and do very little else, waiting until she has the baby.

The calf will be April's fourth calf and her mate Oliver's first calf.

The little giraffe won't be all that little. At birth it will weigh in at about 150 pounds and will stand at about 6' tall, Animal Adventure Park said.

The feed was earlier removed by YouTube after it was labeled sexually explicit. The park blamed the removal on animal rights activists who oppose zoos.

While April has not yet given birth, the park reported on its Facebook page that it has welcomed three black belly Barbados lambs and twin pygmy goats since the giraffe watch began.

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