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April the giraffe’s baby relocating to North Carolina

September 4, 2018
April the giraffe gives birth

April the giraffe gave birth to a calf on Saturday.

A new celebrity baby is moving to central North Carolina -- and his home will definitely need vaulted ceilings to accommodate his long neck.

Tajiri, the offspring of April the giraffe whose birth in 2017 drew millions of views across the globe as people waited for her to give birth, is relocating this fall to the Carolina Wildlife Conservation Park. The, um, toddler, will move into a new space that is currently under construction, according to the group’s website.

The group is expected to announce the exact location of the site in a few weeks.

“The park is a new educational facility that is currently under construction and slated to be open to the public in the spring of 2019 with a focus on species conservation through community engagement,” the online statement says.

The center began construction on the center at the end of August, and it is expected to be completed sometime in October. More here:

The conservation group is a non-profit agency devoted to preserving and propagating endangered African species, according to its website.

More than one million people tuned into a Saturday morning livestream on April 15, 2017 as April went into labor before ultimately giving birth to her baby giraffe, who is now just shy of 2 years old.

The Animal Adventure Park in Hapursville, New York struck up a partnership with ToysRUs, before it shuttered its stores, in order to stream the birth via YouTube. Several news websites then picked up the livestream, which garnered over 10 million views when all was said and done.

Tajiri weighed about 130 pounds and stood nearly 6 feet tall when he was first born, animal park officials have said.

According to the Wildlife Conservation Center in Virginia, the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro is helping to design Tajiri’s new habitat.

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