April, the beloved upstate New York giraffe whose extra-long pregnancy went viral in 2017, gave birth to another calf on Saturday.
A livestream video showed the miracle of birth to nearly a quarter million people.
Afterward, April licked her newborn’s long neck as the calf rested next to her.
This is April’s fifth calf, and the first since April became a viral sensation.
The park set up a livestream of her during her pregnancy in 2017 but it dragged on for weeks, drawing intense speculation and millions of eyeballs. Finally, people across the world watched the birth of the calf, who was dubbed Tajiri, on April 15.
The 2017 birth went well — zoo owner Jordan Patch told the more than 2 million viewers watching on Facebook that everything went “absolutely perfect” and the staff “couldn’t have planned it better.”
Tajiri’s father, Oliver, is also the father of the calf being delivered now.
In February, the zoo promised that this pregnancy was advancing and predicted a delivery before the end of March — the it noted in a Facebook post, “But hey – we’ve been wrong before.”
Last week, zoo owner Jordan Patch promised to “literally wipe egg from my face” if the pregnancy reached April.