April the Giraffe's baby celebrates first birthday

Posted at 9:25 AM, Apr 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-15 11:13:31-04

HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A giraffe whose birth became an internet sensation is turning a year old today.

Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, is throwing a birthday party April 15 for Tajiri (tah-JEER'-ee), the son of April and Oliver.

April's pregnancy drew more than 232 million YouTube live views during a seven-week period.

Tajiri means "hope" in Swahili. He has grown to nearly 10 feet tall (3 meters). He was 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 meters) when he was born.

He'll get a special birthday cake that's healthy for giraffes.

Once again, the park near Binghamton will share the happy occasion with viewers around the world through its Giraffe Cam .