(Gray News) – Tajiri has a little brother.
April the giraffe has given birth to another boy calf, and he’s already standing and walking around on wobbly legs.
The baby boy was born at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, NY, and his birth took less than two hours. At its peak some 300,000 people tuned in to watch the live stream on YouTube.
The calf started to emerge at 11 a.m., and was born at 12:45 p.m. ET. The baby boy was on his feet by 1:27 p.m. and began nursing. It can take as little as 30 minutes or up to 2 hours for a giraffe to give birth once labor starts.
"With an average 15-month gestation, we are thankful to have a healthy calf on the ground, nursing and bonding with mom. With wild giraffe numbers plummeting annually, every calf born counts,” Jordan Patch, owner of Animal Adventure Park, said in a news release.
The mother was seen licking the newborn as park employees looked on in excitement from outside the animal’s pen.
Animal Adventure Park soon will hold a contest to name the newborn.
The 17-year-old giraffe became a viral sensation two years ago when she gave birth to a calf named Tajiri. He will celebrate his second birthday on April 15.
Viewers of the live stream reacted with delight at the sight of the animal giving birth.
“I don’t know why I’m crying happy tears,” said Jennifer Hodell in the YouTube comments section.
“We need chocolate,” said Susan Sapp.
Excitement increased when on Monday when April appeared to be having contractions and “pushing," according to the Animal Adventure Park on their Facebook page.
The park, where April has lived since 2015, began its “Giraffe Watch 2019″ on the last day of February.
Anticipation reached a frenzy during the 2017 birth, with hundreds of millions of people tuning in to the YouTube live stream over the course of weeks as they waited. More than a million people watched the live feed as she gave birth in, appropriately enough, April of that year.
April has given birth to four calves, according to Animal Adventure Park. She enjoys carrots and painting. Yup, painting.
There are approximately 90,000 giraffe in the wild. About 1,200 giraffe are in captive management programs, the park said.