Giraffe at Bronx Zoo, NYC
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“April” (April), the giraffe who captivated the world during her pregnancy in 2017, died in New York at the age of 20, ironically in the month she was named after and in which she also became a famous mother.
The Animal Adventure Park Zoo in Harpursville, 178 miles north of Manhattan (NYC), announced its death on Friday, April 2 in the afternoon, saying that it had been euthanized due to worsening osteoarthritis discovered in July 2020. It had its own page on the Internet.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that Animal Adventure Park announces the tremendous loss of our beloved giraffe April. The euthanasia took place at April’s home in Harpursville this morning, due to the worsening of your arthritis according to the recommendations of your veterinary team. We mourn with his many admirers, near and far, as we say goodbye to the giraffe who can be credited with having made a footprint for raising awareness about the conservation of giraffes in the 21st century ”, the park said in a statement Friday.
April’s body was transported to Cornell University Veterinary School, where it will be cremated. His remains will then be returned to Animal Adventure Park.
In February 2017, Animal Adventure Park began broadcasting the pregnancy of April, who was expecting her calf Tajiri. The anticipation increased around the world for several months as people waited for her to give birth. The YouTube live stream from the park it attracted 232 million visits.
After months of waiting, the famous giraffe gave birth on April 15, 2017 to a 5.75-foot-tall, 129-pound calf, he recalled Pix11.
In 2019 it was announced that April would begin using contraception and withdraw from the park’s breeding program, although he continued to live with his last two offspring: Tajiri and Azizi.
According to experts from the Denver Zoo, Giraffes have an average lifespan of about 25 years in their natural habitat and a range of 20 to 27 under human care.