On 10 February, educational animal park Animal Adventure began a livestream of its pregnant giraffe. It soon went viral as viewers from all around the world tuned in, hoping for a glimpse at the glorious miracle of life.
According to YouTube, Animal Adventure’s stream became the “second most live-viewed channel in the history of YouTube despite launching a mere 66 days ago.”
In total, the channel accrued 232-million live views and 7.6-billion minutes of live watch-time total.
April the giraffe, a resident of educational animal park Animal Adventure, broke all sorts of YouTube records this weekend
The actual birth saw 1.2-million simultaneous live views, making the moment one of the top five most-watched for a live event ever.
The channel also became the fifth fastest channel to reach 200-million channel views, placing April behind the likes of Lady Gaga and Zayn. It is also the fastest channel to garner 100 million live views — and is one of only seven who have done so.
So what’s next for this beautiful giraffe family?
For now, Animal Adventure are using their fame to let people pay to vote for the name of the calf. Proceeds go towards wild giraffe conservation efforts, a foundation that helps families through “unexpected medical journeys and expenses,” as well as towards the upkeep of the park itself.
Julia is a UCT film graduate with a passion for dogs, media, and dog-centric media. If she's not gushing about the new television show that you need to watch, she's rewatching The Good Place (which you need to watch). More