Zoo’s pregnant giraffe is a live-streaming sensation


Zoo’s pregnant giraffe is a live-streaming sensation

HARPURSVILLE, N.Y.

A pregnant giraffe has her own website, a GoFundMe page, an apparel line and millions of people worldwide watching live-streaming video waiting for her to give birth.

The 15-year-old long-legged YouTube star, named April, is expected to give birth any time now in her enclosed pen at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursvilley.

Since the privately owned zoo’s giraffe cam began live-streaming video from April’s enclosure last week, the feed has totaled more than 15 million views on YouTube as people around the world check on the status of April’s 15-month pregnancy. The birth of April’s fourth calf was still pending as of Thursday, when the live video had about 115,000 people looking in.

“Instead of local or regional we’re global,” said Cortney Whalen, a spokeswoman for zoo owner Jordan Patch.

In videos posted on the park’s Facebook page this week, Patch has said that he’s been busy tending to his 200-plus other animals and that the flood of emails has become “so overbearing” that he’s asking people to stop sending them.

A GoFundMe page set up for April, giraffe father, Oliver, and their calf has raised more than $23,000 out of a goal of $50,000. Whalen said the park also has received separate donations, but she said she didn’t know how much. All the money will be used to feed, house and care for the giraffes.

April’s website, aprilthegiraffe.com, includes a link for buying apparel from baby clothing to adult-sized hoodies imprinted with a giraffe’s head and “#Aprils View Crew” along with the park’s name and location.

Woman’s obit warns people to wait to claim her stuff

COLUMBUS, Ohio

Relatives of a 91-year-old Ohio woman who died last week are giving her the last word with a sassy, occasionally profane obituary that starts with the basics – “I was born. I lived. I died.” – and instructs people to “wait the appropriate amount of time” before trying to claim her stuff.

They wrote it in Jean Oddi’s perspective, recapping the people important to her, adventures she had and her favorite activities, including playing cards and teaching her granddaughter “dirty songs.”

Her daughter, Casey Oddi Clark, tells The Columbus Dispatch the obituary celebrates a blunt woman who lived unapologetically.

Associated Press

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