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Name April Giraffe's Calf Born at New York Zoo

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By    |   Monday, 17 Apr 2017 09:20 AM

The contest to name April's giraffe calf is underway after the birth of the animal went viral this year, according to statement from the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York.

April, a giraffe at the zoo, gave birth to a male Saturday while many watched on live stream, according to National Public Radio.

The live stream started in February as fans intensely followed April. An apparel line and a GoFundMe page for the calf's care were started in the online fan frenzy as viewers patiently waited for the calf's birth, according to NPR.

"His entrance into the world was unnerving to even those of us who have witnessed animal births previously," Animal Adventure Park owner Jordan Patch said in a press release about the baby giraffe.

"Giraffes give birth standing up, which means when the calf is ready to be born, it exits its mother hooves first from six feet off the floor, making for a very exciting event," Patch continued.

The zoo said on Twitter Sunday that the new arrival was in good shape after a check-up.

The zoo is now giving the public a say in naming the giraffe.

"For about 10 days you can vote on any name or names you choose for April's new calf," a statement on the zoo's website said. "You even get to decide your own spelling. … After the end of the first part of the contest we will reveal the top 10 names.

"Then you can come back and vote on any of those 10 names. The second phase of the promotion will last about five days. At the end of voting we will reveal the winning name," the statement said.

The naming is being done as a fundraiser, which will be split between the Giraffe Conservation Foundation; Ava's Little Heroes, an annual campaign to support local families and their children experiencing unexpected medical journeys and expenses; and improvement projects at the zoo.

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The contest to name April's giraffe calf is underway after the birth of the animal went viral this year, according to statement from the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York.
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