Finally, April's Baby Has Been Born!

Finally, April's Baby Has Been Born!

April the giraffe finally gave birth on April 15th to a perfectly health calf.

Ever since mid-February millions of people around the world tuned in as the tallest mammal was preparing to give birth. Finally, after months of waiting, April, a giraffe at an upstate New York zoo called Animal Adventure Park, gave birth on April 15.

April the giraffe became an internet sensation when the New York zoo decided to try out the live-feed feature on Facebook. The live-feed was titled “Pregnant Giraffe to Give Birth Live Any Minute” and almost instantly thousands of people started watching. Little did everyone know that “any minute” could take almost 2 months.

April paced in her enclosure as her belly grew slightly larger each day. We watched April eat, sleep, and we even watched her bond with her caretakers, Alyssa and Cory. Every once in a while people some of April’s caretakers would answer some questions about April, Oliver (the father of the soon to be calf), and the delivery date. People couldn’t stop watching this gentle giant in fear that they would miss the miraculous birth.

As time went on people never lost interest, even though many were frustrated. YouTube picked up the live stream of April, however for a brief time it was taken down after the video was reported for “nudity and sexual content.” News stations like FOX, CBS, and NBC caught on and started their own live streams of April as well.

Because of all her fans, April now has her own website and an apparel line. A GoFundMe page was also set up to raise money to take care of the many animals at the zoo.

After almost 2 months of waiting an alert was sent out to April’s fans through the Facebook live-feed at 7:20am on April 15th saying that April went into labor. About 1.2 million viewers on YouTube and more than 700,000 viewers on Facebook Live tuned in and were able to witness the birth of the calf at 9:53am that morning.

The birth of the calf went perfectly according to one of the park owners, Jordan Patch. The calf weighed in at about 130 pounds and almost 6 feet tall. April is also said to be recovering perfectly.

While the wait for the birth may be over, the cameras have not shut off around April and her calf. People can still watch as the calf takes his first steps and there is even a contest to decide the name of this calf. If you would like to vote on a name you can do so at

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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8 Old Katelyn Tarver Songs You Probably Haven't Heard

None of her new songs will ever go as hard as "Chasing Echoes" and that's a fact.


Years ago, I found (through iTunes recommendations) a pretty cool female artist. Later found out she was on "Big Time Rush", and then I found out she had some new songs out. I decided to give her new songs a listen, and they're good. However, I prefer some of her older stuff, which sadly isn't on Spotify. Fortunately, YouTube exists, and I'm here to share the best ones.

1. "Wonderful Crazy"

This is just a fun, upbeat song for when you're having a good day. Would recommend playing in your car with the windows rolled down.

2. "Rain"

I have a very specific memory of a time when this song blessed my life, but for all intents and purposes, it is a beautiful and happy song.

3. "I'll Make It Real"

This is a beautiful song with a wonderful message about staying true to yourself. I used to listen to it on the way to school every day my senior year of high school.

4. "Something In Me"

Featured in the greatest show of all time, "South of Nowhere" season 1 episode 6. A very relatable breakup mood.

5. "Love Alone"

This is definitely the second-hardest-hitting song she's ever released. The fact that this is not on Spotify or even iTunes anymore is just not fair.

6. "Favorite Girl"

This one's cute and upbeat, a definite crush mood. Not on the same level as "Love Alone", but it's still underrated.

7. "Closer to My Heart"

Another cute love song. I'll tie it with "Everything" for cutest love song on her first album. Highly recommend both.

8. "Chasing Echoes"

Facts are facts and the facts are that Katelyn Tarver's new stuff could never go as hard as "Chasing Echoes". I can't even begin to explain how deeply these lyrics cut through me when I was fifteen. Even now, this song can take me all the way back. She is robbing us by not making this available on streaming services (or even to purchase). Katelyn, bring this song back, I am begging you.

Anyway, I'm still enjoying the new stuff and am excited to see what's next.

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