Officials To Shutdown 'Giraffe Cam' After April Suffers Injury
All good things come to an end — and for fans of April the Giraffe, this means they'll soon need to get their newborn news from social media now that New York's Animal Adventure Park announced they're taking down the livestream of April's pen, citing overwhelming public concern after the 15-year-old mother giraffe suffered a twisted leg on Monday.
"We appreciate concern but the bogging down of email servers and other platforms is the exact reason the giraffe cam will need to be pulled," zoo officials wrote on Facebook. "While we appreciate the concern, it is interfering with normal park operations and preparation for opening; at a period where our resource of time is limited and cannot be hindered."
The livestream is expected to be pulled between Wednesday and Friday, according to News 10. April the Giraffe's livestream had more than 232 million viewers since February, second only to League of Legends eSports, which has been around since 2012, YouTube said on Monday.
On Tuesday, Animal Adventure Park posted that April is doing well and that the injury was the equivalent of "rolling your ankle slightly."
"Creating news stories out of such a minor thing is a bit of a stretch, but she is a celebrity so headlines sell," the park posted to Facebook.
Park officials have been showing signs of stress under the intense public fascination surrounding both April's pregnancy and the new calf, but they have also been quick to monetize the event with t-shirts and other merchandise sales. A Go Fund Me campaign for April's care surpassed it's $50,000 goal by nearly 200 percent.
On Monday, April the Giraffe recently kicked a veterinarian who was performing a check-up on the mother and son. Fortunately, the unnamed staff person wasn't hurt.
April's adorable calf still needs a name, and April's fans can submit five name suggestions for a donation of $5. Once the naming phase of the contest is done, the park says it will post the top 10 name choices for the public to vote for.