Her mate, Oliver, waits in the neighboring stall. Male giraffes are aggressive - to their keepers, to their mates. Bulls can't be kept together with their mates all the time - they can be a danger to the ones they live with.
We (especially women who have given birth) easily put ourselves in her place. How uncomfortable is she? What is she thinking? She has such trouble getting down on the ground to sleep. Sound familiar, women, that trouble sleeping?
If you tune in at 9pm Eastern Standard Time, you get to see her interact with her keeper, and it's a beautiful thing. I've only remembered to do it once. I've seen a woman come in, clean the stall, spread sawdust on the floor, give April a rub.
April gets treats here and there, too.
Right now, as it is only 17 degrees here (that's -8 for my Celsius readers), they are indoors. And, the park is closed for the season. It will reopen May 13. And something tells me they will be mobbed with visitors.
But, as I've mentioned before, April is teaching us more about us than about her.
Just check out the park's Facebook page.
Right now, besides a lot of general questions, and some snark here and there, there is a lot of discussion about how Oliver is being treated. Isn't he getting treats? Isn't his cage being cleaned? (the answer is "yes" to both. But he doesn't need treats as often as April. And, it's dangerous to enter his pen so cleaning is a process.)
Many people think April will give birth tonight, as she seems increasingly restless and her belly is rumbling a lot. (It's amusing - after having our minor league baseball team renamed the Rumble Ponies, maybe they will need to hurry up and rename them the Rumble Giraffes.)
Thank you, Animal Adventure Park, for all your interactions with your fans. I am so happy to be able to bring this to you as a Local Saturday post. We so need this distraction in our lives, knowing a new life is close to arriving in our area. I realize not everyone supports keeping animals in capitivity,
Why don't you tune in at the You Tube link above, and join the fun? We all hope for a successful labor and deliver - and it makes me think of my own labor story. (ha, if only it had been 15 minutes!)
What about you?