2 Weeks After His Birth, April The Giraffe’s Baby Finally Gets A Name

by Ana Luisa Suarez
Ana is an Associate Editor who loves animals and food. A good taco and a snuggle with her dogs is all she needs.

If you’ve been on Facebook or YouTube in the last two months, then you know all about April the giraffe. Of course, this also means you’ve probably been wondering what will be the name of her adorable baby giraffe!

Even if you managed to avoid social media, there is a slim chance you heard a friend or coworker discussing April. She had to have been the most talked-about pregnant giraffe of all time!

For many weeks, fans of April watched the giraffe cam anxiously as she walked around her pen at Animal Adventure Park in upstate New York.

What started as a way to update her fans on how her pregnancy was going turned into one of the most viral video trends of the year, if not the past few years.

After a lot of waiting (though I am sure April endured the most excruciating waiting of us all), she finally delivered a healthy little boy on April 15, 2017. As you probably know by now, a giraffe’s gestation period is anywhere from 13 to 15 months.

While the news of his gender was revealed mere hours after his birth, the young calf didn’t get a name right away. Luckily for us, though, fans got to take part in the naming process!

Animal Adventure Park announced that for 10 days, fans could offer any suggestions for the giraffe’s name. After that time period, they then narrowed down the choices and posted the top 10.

Fans had five days to pick from the top 10 names and vote for their absolute favorite. Once the 15 days were up (which is much shorter than the near two months we waited for the delivery), we finally got the giraffe’s name!

The name emerged from two rounds of fan voting that ended Sunday. Finalists included Tajiri, Apollo, Geoffrey, Gio, Harpur, Noah, Ollie, Patch, Patches and Unity.

And don’t you think Tajiri is just the perfect name for this little guy? What name would you have picked if you got the choice? Let us know in the Facebook comment section!

If you have a newfound fascination with giraffes thanks to April, you’ll want to check out these 10 facts about giraffe pregnancy, labor, and newborns.

Please SHARE this news with all of your friends and family members who are huge fans of April the giraffe and her new baby!

Video And Thumbnail Credit: Animal Adventure Park

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