Tens of thousands of animal lovers around the world are getting ready to tune in to April’s YouTube live stream at 9pm BST.
The giraffe finally gave birth to her calf on Saturday April 15, after a 15-month-long pregnancy at Animal Adventure Park in upstate New York.
Last month Animal Adventure Park decided to pull the plug on the live feed ahead of the zoo opening for the summer.
But the love for the giraffe and her baby has not died out and April’s live stream is expected to return every week on Tuesday for a few hours at a time.
Last week the Animal Adventure Park said that the Giraffe Cam would return between 4pm and 8pm Eastern Time (9pm to 1am BST) every Tuesday.
The zoo said: “Why this time frame? 1) Soon the giraffes are outside, and you will be watching an empty stall, but with our closing daily at 5 pm – you will have hours of enjoyment while they retire for the evening.
“2) It allows us to capture the majority of our major fan bases (worldwide) at a relatively decent time in their daily routines.”
5.20 BST: There are less than four hours to go before April’s live stream goes live at 9pm BST.
The name of April’s calf was officially revealed yesterday after fans voted for the baby’s name in an online poll held over 15 days.
The choice ultimately came down to zookeeper Alyssa because the public overwhelming voted for her to be the one to decide.
“Hope is something that Tajiri has not only brought to you guys as community globally now, but also hope for giraffes,” Alyssa revealed in a Facebook video.
Several fans noticed that the calf shares a name with professional wrestler Yoshihiro Tajiri, who is known for his appearances on WWE.
One person tweeted out today a picture of the Japanese wrestler with the caption: “#AprilTheGiraffe’s baby’s name is #Tajiri…”
Another person added: “Well I’m just gonna call the little guy Rich #AprilTheGiraffe.”
Wednesday May 10
1.00am BST: The live stream of April and Tajiri has now ended for the week, but another is scheduled for next Tuesday from 9pm BST (4pm local EDT).
Tuesday May 9
10:20pm BST : April fans are enjoying watching the mother and calf giraffe on the YouTube live stream.
A Twitter user said: “Little Taj is so cute galloping out. So lovely to check in and see how much he has grown.”
9:20pm BST: As the Animal Aventure Park goes live, April is wandering around while her baby calf, Tajiri, is sitting down on the pen floor.
One Twitter use rejoiced at the time saying: “It’s that time of the week again, Taj Tuesday!”
Another said: “Watching the April the Giraffe cam every Tuesday makes my evening!”
7.48pm BST: April will return in about 70 minutes as the live stream from Animal Adventure Park goes live.
Devoted fans are still following the world-famous giraffe.
One person just tweeted: “Super excited for the giraffe cam today!”
6.05pm BST: The live stream will begin in a few hours at 9pm BST tonight.
Wednesday May 3
1.00am BST: The live stream of April and…