Upstate NY animal park's giraffe cam shut down for being 'sexually explicit'

Janis ColeFeb 24, 2017

The park's first video feed was reportedly removed, while a second attempt was stopped.

UPDATE, 9:42 a.m. EST: A live stream video was made active again on YouTube before the birth of April the giraffe's calf. The Giraffe Conservation Foundation says the average gestation period for a giraffe is about 15 months.

Thousands of eyes are on April the giraffe.

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"They reported our YouTube cam as sexually explicit, containing nude content which made for its removal on YouTube".

“What [taking down the stream] has done is taken away an educational tool from tens of millions of individuals, ” said Patch. "We want the best for these animals, and we would love to have them in their natural environment one day, but until we can control the destruction of natural habitat and poaching, that is not going to happen".

The park says YouTube chose to take down the feed briefly after animal rights extremists complained about it.

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"When a birth is imminent, when hooves are visible, we will have a calf on the ground within 60 minutes".

Park officials ask that curious viewers and supporters not contact them Thursday, as the zoo has been inundated with messages. Check out the live stream above!

The park said April is doing very well, in no pain and she's progressing just fine.

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This is April's fourth baby and the park is also expected to host a contest deciding the name of the calf after it is born.

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