They cleared things up with a second update: "This is not a hoax!"
Animal Adventure Park is located Harpursville, N.Y.is scheduled to reopen for the summer season May 13- at which point loyal fans will undoubtedly be flocking to see April and her new calf. Labor lasts anywhere from a few hours to a few days.
But in all seriousness, giraffes keep their pregnancies low profile, instinctively hiding signs of labor from predators who might harm their newborns.
At the start of every day, April's keepers check on her and make a status report, which is relayed to the veterinarian by AAP officials, Patch told Live Science in an email.More news: Destiny 2 Releases on September 8 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC
It's been more than a month since the park shared the news of April's impending birth with the world, via social media. The calf is expected to weigh around 150 pounds (68 kilograms) and be about 6 feet (1.8 meters) tall at birth.
The zoo also posted a close-up photo of her udders to show how her milk was progressing.
Here are the signs that I'm happy to be seeing: significant changes to her "back end" including vulvar swelling, laxity and a thick, gooey discharge. She is less engaging, hesitant to eat her feed (and treats) and unresponsive to a lot of various stimuli.
She is also acting quite like the time is near. "We could be hours away or days - so do not stop your day - but certainly don't stop watching!"
Maybe April has just been waiting until April arrives to have the baby, or it's just a long con April Fools joke. On Wednesday night, the park posted that they checked on April and she was doing great.