Feb 24, 2017, 0:22
"What this has done is pulled an educational tool away from tens of millions of individuals".
Thursday morning at around 7:30 a.m., with almost 20,000 people watching, YouTube suddenly shut down the live feed, stating the video violated its policy on nudity or sexual content.
Patch said April, the park's pregnant giraffe, is being visited by the park's veterinarian daily, and sometimes twice daily.
Millions had been watching the stream for hours until it was removed from YouTube early Thursday morning.
Despite the controversy, Animal Adventure Park says the actual birth will be aired live - whether it will be on Facebook or YouTube remains unclear.
'So instead of sitting behind a keyboard or holding up protest signs, I encourage animal rights activists to get behind conservation.
"We're all on the same team", the official tells activists.
The Animal Adventure Park in NY has been live streaming the pregnancy. "But until we can control the destruction of natural habitat and curb poaching, that is not going to happen", he continued.
The park is live streaming April the giraffe, who is expecting a baby calf at any time.
A spokesperson for YouTube acknowledged the video's brief removal, as well as its return, but declined further comment when reached by The Huffington Post.
Patch also confirmed April is in no pain while adding they have no specific idea when it will give birth.
Update: A new live stream is available here.
The expectant parents are 15-year-old April and her 5-year-old mate, Oliver.
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