April the Giraffe whose pregnancy captivated the world dies after health worsens

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According to reports April the Giraffe, who won the world's hearts with her pregnancy and birth on You Tube, has sadly died.

April and her baby became viral sensations in 2017 when their YouTube videos racked up millions of views.

TMZ has reported that Animal Adventure Park in New York has confirmed the upsetting news.

According to the website April died when her arthritis became too much for her to cope with.

In a post on Facebook this afternoon (April 2) Animal Adventure Park said that it was with the "heaviest hearts" that it announce its "beloved" April's death.

Thee animal park confirmed that April was put to sleep this morning in her home in Harpursville due to her worsening medical condition and on the advice of her veterinary team.

In the moving Facebook post the staff at Animal Adventure Park wrote: "We grieve with her many fans, near and far, as we say goodbye to the giraffe that can be credited with making a foothold for giraffe and giraffe conservation awareness in the 21st century..

"While her (April's) hoofprints in her yard will erode in time, the imprint she has made on the hearts of people around the world will never fade."

April was in her golden years when she passed away having reached the magnificent age of 20.

In captivity it is hoped giraffes will live between 20 and 25 years, which is 10-15 years longer than would be expected in the wild.

Jordan Patch, owner of Animal Adventure Park, said: "April the Giraffe brought joy to the millions who have watched her via the park’s Giraffe Cam, and the hundreds of thousands of visitors who have made the trip to her home in Harpursville, New York.

"To her keepers and our team here at the park, she is a precious member of our family, and while we knew this day would eventually come, our hearts are hurting.

"April’s impact on animal conservation and appreciation is both immeasurable and lasting. The loss of an animal as loved as her will be felt in our community, around the country and across the world.

We appreciate respect and empathy from April’s fans and the park’s supporters during this difficult time, as they grieve along with us."

"She will be deeply missed and fondly remembered. April, in her own special way, changed the world,” he added.

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