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Giraffe at Denver Zoo quietly gives birth to 'unplanned' baby Dobby

- While the nation remained captivated, waiting for a pregnant giraffe in NY to give birth on a live stream, a giraffe in Denver quietly gave birth to an adorable baby boy named "Dobby".

She's carrying a baby that could be about six feet tall and weigh as much as 150 pounds.

Millions have watched the live stream from April's pen at Animal Adventure Park anticipating the birth of her fourth calf.

The zoo said in Facebook posts Thursday and Friday that April is growing, with increased belly movements, and "appears a little more on edge".

"I think the fact that she's a giraffe and she's a neat species that people are interested in, that's fostered a lot of the attention", he said.

In the video posted Wednesday on Facebook, the park owner also debunked several myths and addressed a number of concerns he had received from viewers.

Tens of thousands of people have been checking in through the giraffe cam, which streams footage from April's stall around the clock.




To help Dobby get better, staffers gave the not-so-tiny newborn extra feeding and an infusion of plasma collected from a nearby zoo.

April, a 15-year-old giraffe, lives at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, near Binghamton in NY state. There are numerous variables in predicting a giraffe's birth, he indicated.

A giraffe's pregnancy lasts about 15 months.

"Because of the great training by our animal care staff, we have several giraffes that are now trained to voluntarily give blood donations", the zoo said in a statement.

Zoo officials say mother and baby initially will not be on public display for a few days to provide them peace and quiet. What is known, is that each day that April hasn't given birth is one day closer to the day she delivers.

"Bulls (male giraffes) only really care about two things- fighting and the unmentionable...." the zoo wrote in the video description.

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