April the Giraffe, Who Became an Internet Sensation in 2017, Dies
April the giraffe, an internet sensation who gave birth nearly four years ago as an audience of millions watched via livestream, and helped educate the public about her species, died on Friday, Animal Adventure Park, her home, announced.
Veterinarians euthanized April after her arthritis continued to worsen, the park said. April, who produced five calves in her lifetime, was 20 when she died, the park said on Facebook.
Giraffes in captivity have an average life expectancy of 20 to 25 years; their life span in the wild is about 10 to 15 years.
April attracted more than 16 million viewers on April 15, 2017, as the animal park live-streamed her giving birth on YouTube to her youngest, Tajiri, who is male. The park had been drawing viewers for months as they checked on April’s pregnancy, which staff members began to livestream in the winter.