New York’s April the Giraffe is going on birth control
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New York’s April the Giraffe is going on birth control

  • COURTESY ANIMAL ADVENTURE PARK

    April the Giraffe with her new male calf on in Harpursville, N.Y., on March 16. There will be no more babies for April, the giraffe that enthralled worldwide YouTube audiences with two livestreamed pregnancies and births. Jordan Patch, owner of Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, says 17-year-old April will start contraceptives Friday and retire from the park’s breeding program.

HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. >> There will be no more babies for April, the giraffe that enthralled viewers worldwide with two livestreamed pregnancies and births.

Jordan Patch of Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, said today that 17-year-old April will start contraceptives on Friday and retire from the park’s breeding program.

Patch announced on Facebook that the park’s care team decided to retire April following the birth of her fifth calf, Azizi, in March. More than 300,000 people watched the birth live on YouTube.

April drew more than 232 million views on the site during a seven-week period in 2017 before she gave birth to another calf , Tajiri.

Patch says the zoo’s breeding program will continue with a new female, Johari, and April’s former mate, Oliver. April will be housed with Tajiri and Azizi.

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