On Feb. 28, the Denver Zoo giraffe gave birth to an unexpected baby boy, later named Dobby, without fanfare in the early morning. During the first two years of his life, he'll grow to be nearly 12 feet tall - and could grow to 17 feet! On such the low, in fact, zoo officials actually didn't know for sure she was pregnant until Dobby began making his way into the world.
"The world waits on edge. and April smirks with a mouthful of cud", the zoo wrote in its post.
The park also gave an update on April's condition.
The Harpursville zoo tantalized fans Thursday night, posting with excitement, "April is - without question - growing!"
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It's a baby giraffe - just not the one everyone has been waiting on. April hasn't gone into labor, her water hasn't broken, hooves haven't been sighted and April continues to enthrall audiences via live cam all while continuing with her pregnancy. Baby Dobby initially had trouble nursing and the zoo provided supplemental feeding, the zoo said in a news release.
She was born at the zoo in 1993, and is the oldest of the giraffes.
Apparently giraffe births are all the rage.
The livestream was briefly suspended late last month after animal rights campaigners seeking to take it down reported the video for containing sexuality explicit content, zoo spokesman Jordan Patch said in a video on Facebook. Giraffes usually double in height during their first two years, reaching an average height of 12 feet, zoo officials said.