Been tuning in to April the pregnant giraffe's livestream? Getting a bit weary of watching her kind of mosey around the barn, standing half in shadow, occasionally receiving a visit from the vet?
There's no telling when April, who lives at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, will give birth to her fourth calf. Giraffes are pregnant for 15 months, "give or take 60 days," the park's veterinarian said in a video last month.
And things seem to be stalled at the moment. On Monday, the park posted on Facebook that "early morning observations indicate no significant changes in physical appearance. ...We are waiting for increased pacing to indicate an active labor situation has begun, in addition to pushing/contractions."
So while you're waiting on April to decide if April is to be her calf's birth month, here are 5 other livestreams to check out.
1. Kitten Academy
What's better than watching a live camera focused on frolicking kittens? Watching four live cameras focused on frolicking kittens! These kittens, located in Illinois, are being fostered as they wait for forever homes, and they play, chase, eat, sleep and cuddle, all on camera. You can even watch at night, because they have night-vision cams set up (but for the cats, it seems dark).
2. Shark Cam
This is as close as most humans ever want to get to live sharks. The cam at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco features 13 species of sea creatures, including sharks, sting rays and more. Stop by at 1:30 p.m. PT on Tuesdays and Thursdays to watch their feedings. You'll have to provide your own "Jaws" theme song though.
3. Jellyfish Cam
There's something calming about watching these jellyfish at the Monterey Bay Aquarium drift and float past the camera's lens. As with the sharks, give thanks you're not actually in the tank with these cam stars. "Their graceful trailing parts are covered in stinging cells used for hunting," the YouTube text notes. "When their tentacles touch tiny drifting prey, the stinging cells paralyze it and stick tight. The prey is moved to the mouth-arms and then to the mouth, where it's digested." Yikes, we'll stay on this side of the tank, then.
4. Panda Cam
Kittens have to be right up there on the cute animal list, but pandas might make a good case for the No. 1 spot. This live camera is located in the Gengda Wolong Panda Center in Gengda, China, which was rebuilt in a new location after the devastating 2008 earthquake. The pandas are a lot like toddlers at a Kindercare -- rolling around, chasing each other, wrestling, then suddenly napping.
5. Eagle Cam
There are plenty of bird nest cams, but few are as impressive as those watching America's national bird, the bald eagle. These eagles are roosting high in an oak tree north of Decorah, Iowa. At night, you might see the eagle sitting proudly in her nest, during the day, you might see one feeding the chicks. The eagle pair take turns incubating any eggs, which hatch in about 35 days. April the giraffe only wishes her baby would arrive that quickly.
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