No more babies for April the Giraffe of YouTube birth fame


This July 25, 2018 file photo shows the April the Giraffe at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, N.Y. April is pregnant again and the staff at Animal Adventure Park are waiting for her to deliver at any moment. (Animal Adventure Park via AP, File)

HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) – 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 Thursday that 17-year-old April will start contraceptives 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 Azizi’s birth live on YouTube.

April drew more than 232 million YouTube views 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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