The world has their eyes on New York giraffe April as she's due to give birth to her fourth calf any time now.
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If there's one thing that April's pending delivery has done is to make just about everyone a little more curious about not only giraffes, but the specifics of giraffe births. So here's some interesting facts that can make watching April's experience a little more intriguing.
- Giraffes are pregnant for 15 months.
- At birth, the front hooves come out first followed by the snout.
- Giraffes give birth standing up, causing the calf to fall a few feet to the ground.
- Calves are six feet tall at birth.
- Once a giraffe's water breaks, theres a few moments of pacing then the front hooves begin to appear.
- A giraffe's birthing lasts on average 20-30 minutes.
- The giraffe will spend the first few minutes licking her calf clean and encouraging it to stand.
- Within 10 minutes the calf is able to stand and even walk.
- Within 30 minutes the calf is able to run.
- Calves nurse only from their mothers for about 4 months until they can begin eating solid foods (leaves).