HARPURSVILLE, NY – April, the giraffe, whose live-streaming pregnancy intrigued the internet in 2017, has died at the age of 20

Officials at their New York Zoological Park confirmed the news in a Facebook post Friday afternoon

“With the heaviest of hearts, Animal Adventure Park announces the enormous loss of our beloved April giraffe,” reads the post, “The euthanasia was carried out this April morning in Harpursville due to her worsening arthritis as recommended by her veterinary team.”

When zookeepers installed a live streaming camera from her pen at Animal Adventure Park, it wasn’t long before she became famous around the world. Over the months, she developed a huge number of fans who cared about her daily routine, her mate Familiarize Oliver and even their goalkeepers

By the time she finally gave birth to a baby boy, Tajiri, the live stream had garnered hundreds of millions of views and the park ended the feed a few weeks later

April continued to live in the park and gave birth to another boy who later died in a Texas zoo

According to the park, last summer April showed signs of arthritis by March, her condition had deteriorated to the point that the veterinary team had to make a decision painfully familiar to millions of pet owners around the world
Park officials said April was in its “golden years,” with an average life expectancy for captive giraffes of 20 to 25 years compared to an average life expectancy of 10 to 15 years in the wild

“As her hoofprints erode over time in her yard, the imprint she has left on the hearts of people around the world will never fade,” the park’s post continued,

Cornell University Veterinary School vets will perform an autopsy, they will be cremated in April, and their ashes returned to Animal Adventure Park

“We appreciate the respect and empathy of the fans in April and the supporters of the park in this difficult time, as they mourn with us,” offered park owner Jordan Patch. “She will be very much missed and will be fondly remembered”

April the giraffe

World News – USA – April the giraffe, whose pregnancy has been watched by millions, dies at the age of 20

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