Millions wait, and wait, for April the giraffe to give birth

WATCH LIVE: April the Giraffe showing 'major changes' as she gets closer to giving birth at New York zoo

While the world's attention was glued to a live stream of a pregnant giraffe in NY, another miracle was happening away from prying eyes closer to home.

Excitement surrounding the imminent birth of a baby giraffe grows by the hour.

Millions of people followed April's labor. Kipele carried the bundle of joy for 15 months and will spend the next six nursing her son.

"It's insane", park owner Jordan Patch said of the attention. It does not mean just because they bred, they conceived. Cycles are every 17 days, so maybe 17 days past what we thought was the due date.

This will be April's fourth calf and the first for the father, Oliver.

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The park's live stream was interrupted briefly last week when YouTube pulled the feed after someone reported the images contained explicit material and nudity.

On Feb. 28, the Denver Zoo giraffe gave birth to an unexpected baby boy, later named Dobby, without fanfare in the early morning. After it was put back up, a spokesman for the park blamed the complaint on extreme animal rights activists.

"Dobby may not have been a planned birth, but now that he's here, we're excited to have him", Brian Aucone of the Denver Zoo said in a statement. The zoo predicted that a cold front moving in Thursday and into the weekend might "shake things up" for the pregnant giraffe. Keepers didn't know Kipele was pregnant, and didn't have reason to expect she was, since the 23-year-old new mom is the oldest giraffe at the zoo and is also on birth control.

Dobby was born standing at 5 feet tall and weighing 73 pounds - both small figures for a newborn giraffe.

However, when that will be is anyone's guess.

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