April the giraffe has proven herself an internet sensation not to be messed with, as this vet recently discovered to the detriment of his groin.
The world happily watched on as the long-legged animal finally gave birth to a newborn this weekend – and blossomed into a protective mother almost instantly.
You can watch the moment she defended her young – and presumably hurt Dr Tim’s potential to procreate – below:
April, who is 15-years-old, gave birth to her baby boy at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York this weekend.
Some people chose to spend the Easter bank holiday keeping updated on her progress on the Giraffe Cam – kind of like a really delayed animal kingdom episode of One Born Every Minute.
April is still in the top five on YouTube’s trending list.
Vet Check and a??
This morning the team got hands on with baby to do a full vet check & record height & weight. Height:5' 9"
Weight:129 lbs pic.twitter.com/9m3ZND9IjC
— April The Giraffe (@AprilTheGiraffe) April 16, 2017
A GoFundMe page set up to raise money for April and her family has raised more than twice it’s $50k goal.
Meanwhile, the Adventure Park is using the internet’s April adoration to raise awareness for giraffe conservation as giraffe are now listed as ‘vulnerable to extinction’ on the IUCN Red List.
Hopefully April and her newborn baby – who you can help name – will contribute to turning things round for these majestic animals.
A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.