Early Morning Update April 12th On April The Giraffe Live Cam

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We update April's Labor Observations 7:00 AM EDT, April 1th  through 7:00 AM EDT, April 12th, here`s detail :

7:44 AM April defecated

7:45 AM through 9:50 AM not seen on rewind 

9:51 AM April's Out Door was open and she walked outside

10:23 AM April returned to her pen, stood perpendicular to the left fence, near the Keeper's Gate Corner, raised her tail in a high arch and defecated.

10:27 AM She moved counter-clockwise in her pen with her tail at half mast, the urinated in her favored spot in line with the Common Gate.

10:31 AM April went back outdoors.

10:47 AM April returned to her pen, stood in the same place as at 10:23 AM, raised her tail, but I did not see any poop fall, but that does not mean it did not, just that I can see no difference in the floor matter and pattern after she moved away.

10:48 AM April moved to the Camera Feed Station and was licking her lips with her tongue when she raised her head. I don't know if she was eating grain, food pellets, or drinking water.

10:51 AM April looked up and followed some movement to the Keeper's Gate Corner, then picked up hay from the floor in front of the Common Gate.

10:54 AM April moved to stand in the open Out Door, then walked to the Far Right Feed Station. She was tossing her head, so she must have been eating hay.

10:59 AM April walked clockwise from the Far Right Feed Station to the Camera Feed Station, past the Keepers Gate and picked up and at hay from the floor in front of the Common Gate, two times, walked on to the open Out Door and moved into the Giraffe Yard.

11:06 AM – 11:21 AM April was outside.

11:21 AM April walked immediately to the fence area where the blue bucket Treat Puzzle is hung, but not there at 11:21 AM, may have looked at the floor for hay, continued with her head down until she got near the Keeper's Gate Corner where she stood for a time, looking at unknown activity.

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 11:29 AM April again picked up hay from the floor in front of the Common Gate, walked clockwise past the open Out Door, stood still with her tail raised parallel to the south wall. Due to the glare, I can't see if she defecated, but a later inspection of the floor area did not see any apparent feces that had dropped from this occurance.

11:36 AM When April moved towards the Keeper's Gate, her tail was limp. She picked up hay from the floor below the Common Gate then moved on to stand in the open Out Door.

Notes are not complete due to sinus headache:
12:25 PM April returned from outside.
1:35 PM April went outside.
1:48 PM April came back inside
1:55 PM April's tail arched and I can't see if she pooped or not.
2:28 PM April came inside, stopped and stood in the same place and her tail arched, again, no defecation seen.
I must have messed up the times because Oliver's door was opened and April's door closed during the time that Oliver was very reluctant to return to his pen. That was definitely 3:42 PM EDT. sinus headache–let it stand.
2:30 PM Corey came in to close April's door and open Oliver's.
2:33 PM April's Out Door is closed.
3:27 PM Aprils tail arched when she came in.
3:29 PM Both giraffes turned to the Keeper's Gate area to look at the same time; the indoor lights came on: and at 3:30 PM Corey entered April's pen

3:42 PM Corey wanted Oliver to return to his pen from April's pen.

5:32 PM Corey mucked out April's pen. And, refilled the Common Hay Feeder. April practically immediately gave herself a shower with a huge flake of hay.
6:20 PM Dr. Tim's visit and feeding carrot treats to April from the balcony.

8:40 PM After one aborted attempt, April laid down

REST PERIODS
4/11/17 7:00 AM EDT through 
April laid down to rest ___ times as follows:

AM – 8:40 PM = hour and minutes of standing
8:40 PM – 9:18 PM = 38 minutes of floor rest
9:18 PM – 10:50 AM = 1 hour and 32 minutes of standing
10:50 PM – 11:18 PM = minutes of floor rest
11:18 PM – 12:15 AM = 57 minutes of standing
12:15 AM – 12:47 AM = 32 minutes of floor rest
12:47 AM – AM = hour and minutes of standing
AM – AM = minutes of floor rest
AM – AM = hour and minutes of standing
AM – AM = minutes of floor rest
AM – AM = minutes of standing
AM – AM = minutes of floor rest

9:37 PM EDT, while looking for the rotation of the back leg, I saw one of the whole belly jerks that seems to lift April up off the floor. I don't know how else to describe it.

9:45 PM April defecated while facing the Camera Corner. Mass may be made up of one large, one smaller piece.

0:50 PM April laid down on the first try, but I thought that left front leg was never going to settle down. She's laying on her right side, and she curled her head around to check out her udder area. After only 3 minutes, she has laid her head on her left trear high. She jumped up at 11:18 PM.

11:18 PM, after standing for only 57 minutes, April laid down, again. This time on her left side, over near the Out Door and probably with reach of some hay, although she has not immediately reached for any.

11:47 AM April's body was in the middle, her head near the right side of the Common Gate, when her tail arched and she pooped.

 

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April 12th:

12:47 AM, April jumped up and immediately went to the Keeper's Gate Corner, standing parallel to the Common Fence. Oliver is standing in the shadows to our right.

 1:20 AM I went back to check on other possible "zoning" and found one at 1:20 AM
1:40 AM April is doing her statue act, again. This time in the middle of the pen, only at a slight angle, head to the boat bumpers, rear to the camera. I have wondered if this could be what Jordan called zoning. Now, just a few minutes later, she walked on up to the Common Fence and Oliver came over to rub noses? I'd like to be able to hear a recording of their humming. Did you all get to listen and read that article. Wildly weird sounds.

1:58 AM April has been making her normal rounds of her pen, but she is in a clockwise pattern. When she reached the windows, her tail arched fully and she pooped for the second time tonight under the left window.

2:08 AM April sure is giving her tail a workout. That is not a wet noodle that she's slinging around, landing right on that muffin top bulge

2:18 PM At the Out Door, tail up and is she pooping??? Darn, tail went limp, but I can't see in the dark if she did poop, but her tail sure didn't stay up as longs as usual after defecating.

2:23 AM Is she "zoning"??? Same place, how long ago??? At 1:40 AM.

That would be about 43 minutes apart. I'm going to take a break, then go back in rewind to see if she's has a time/pattern tonight.

Since her pen was mucked out by Corey, she has pooped at least 4 times, maybe a 5th in the corner, and when was that poop that I saw her do when she was towards the food station, but up against the left fence. 

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2:28 AM I guess I'm not breaking now, she is "zoning" again, already.

2:29 AM She's laying down. 1 abort It's too dark to see clearly if she's having belly movements, definitely not the belly jerks of earlier this evening. But those few shifting steps she took towards the Keeper's Gate after her aborted attempt to lay down

2:36 AM She started her April Shuffle to lay down right in front of the Common Gate, but has stopped. Is anyone seeing belly movements? That's usually why she stops.

2:37 AM She got serious about laying down and just did it. Laying on her left side, head to the north, belly toward the east and hind end to the south. She is almost in the same spot where she laid down at 12:15 AM. She jumped up at 3:00 AM

3:00 AM April went to her favorite spot for after a floor rest period, the Keeper's Gate Corner.

3:41 AM I feel like I'm stuck in a rerun of the last 2-3-4 nights! Hi, April! Listen, we just are having a great time hanging out in the Camera Corner, I know…but, you need to get down to business and birth that calf you have ruining your figure. I'm worried that you will never be able to get rid of all those lumps your are carrying around that muffin top of yours that is beginning to look like a fully-inflated tire inner tube.

4:23 AM I didn't fake out April, she did take a trip to the Keeper's Gate, but came right back to the Camera Corner, just calmly chewing her cud. I think the tortoises do move around on the balcony at night. One other think, I haven't noticed her getting hay from the Treat Puzzle to the right of the camera tonight.

 5:15 AM I think I actually saw April close her right eye for about 2 seconds. while she was standing in the middle of her pen, head high, looking at those tortoises, or maybe getting in the zone??? April, it is 5:17 AM Start getting serious with the contractions, please.

 5:18 AM I do like April standing at a diagonal in the Camera Corner. Even though we can't see her tail fully, I have been able to tell she has raised it in a full, high arch at least once, but at this angle, we should be able to see belly/calf movements, at least on one of her sides, her front quarter panel.

 6:09 AM April has kept us company at the Camera Corner for over 52 minutes now. Her belly sure is lump

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REST PERIODS
4/11/17 7:00 AM EDT through 
April laid down to rest ___ times as follows:

AM – 8:40 PM = hour and minutes of standing
8:40 PM – 9:18 PM = 38 minutes of floor rest
9:18 PM – 10:50 AM = 1 hour and 32 minutes of standing
10:50 PM – 11:18 PM = 28 minutes of floor rest
11:18 PM – 12:15 AM = 57 minutes of standing
12:15 AM – 12:47 AM = 32 minutes of floor rest
12:47 AM – 2:37 AM = 1 hour and 50 minutes of standing
2:37 AM – 3:00 AM = 23 minutes of floor rest
3:00 AM – AM = hour and minutes of standing
AM – AM = minutes of floor rest
AM – AM = minutes of standing
AM – AM = minutes of floor rest

6:22 AM April suddenly turned from the Camera Corner, walked toward the Keeper's Gate Corner, and before her posterior could clear the Geoffrey the Giraffe, her tail arched, no poop. She then bent over to get some hay, walked on to say good morning to Oliver at the Common Gate, then she may have "zoned" for a minute, picked up another mouthful of hay, turned back to the Keeper's Gate Corner, standing parallel to the Common Fence and raised her tail in a high, perfect arch. But, it is too dark to see if she defecated.

6:32 AM She is currently standing with her head out-of-sight in the Keeper's Gate corner.

REST PERIODS
4/11/17 7:00 AM EDT through 
April laid down to rest ___ times as follows:

AM – 8:40 PM = hour and minutes of standing
8:40 PM – 9:18 PM = 38 minutes of floor rest
9:18 PM – 10:50 AM = 1 hour and 32 minutes of standing
10:50 PM – 11:18 PM = 28 minutes of floor rest
11:18 PM – 12:15 AM = 57 minutes of standing
12:15 AM – 12:47 AM = 32 minutes of floor rest
12:47 AM – 2:37 AM = 1 hour and 50 minutes of standing
2:37 AM – 3:00 AM = 23 minutes of floor rest
3:00 AM – AM = hour and minutes of standing
AM – AM = minutes of floor rest
AM – AM = minutes of standing
AM – AM = minutes of floor rest

6:47 AM April just may have "zoned." And now she has spread her rear legs wide and straightened her tail to pee in her absolutely most favorite spot. Head at the Common Gate, body perpendicular to the gate. She immediately turned to the Keeper's Gate Corner and her tail has remained at half mast.

 

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