What to Know
- April the giraffe has captivated tens of millions of people across the world who have been checking in on her via the live stream
- Her story was catapulted into global headlines after the stream was briefly yanked from YouTube over "nudity and sexual content" complaints
- In a Facebook post, Erin Dietrich said her friends have been making fun of her obsession with the animal
As tens of millions of people across the world wait with baited breath for the birth of April the giraffe's fourth calf, some are taking their fandom to the next level.
A 39-week pregnant South Carolina woman posted a nearly 8-minute-long video of herself prancing around in a giraffe mask, hands on hips, belly displayed in all its glory, to Facebook late Sunday. More than 13 million people have watched Erin Dietrich's clip since then.
Dietrich said she had ordered the mask from Amazon a few days ago and created the now-viral Facebook video once it arrived Sunday.
"Omg I did not think this many people would get a kick out of this," Dietrich responded to one commenter. "All our friends have been making fun of me and my obsession with April so we just thought, 'Hey we should order a giraffe mask.'"
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According to Dietrich's Facebook page, she owns her own photography company and lives in Myrtle Beach, though is originally from Middletown, New York. Her own bundle of joy is due March 14. It'll be Dietrich's fourth child.
Meanwhile, the world has been waiting for April to have her fourth for weeks.
April lives at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, and the zoo has been live streaming her pen in anticipation of the birth.
Watch the stream below.
April's pregnancy was catapulted into global headlines late last month after YouTube briefly yanked the zoo's live stream following complaints by animal activists that it violated the site's policies concerning "nudity and sexual content." Thousands upon thousands of commenters voiced their frustration on Facebook and YouTube, and the stream was restored within an hour or so.
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Giraffe pregnancies last for 15 months. Labor lasts anywhere from a few hours to a few days. The calf, which will be the first born at Animal Adventure Park, will be about 150 pounds and 6 feet tall at birth and up and walking in about an hour.
The zoo said it will hold an online competition to name the baby giraffe once it's born.