So this happened: Erin Dietrich, 39 weeks pregnant,
posted a video of herself dancing around her South Carolina
bedroom over the weekend.
No big deal? Well, she was wearing an oversized giraffe mask and rolled up tank
top, which showcased her impressive baby bump.
Since then, her impersonation of
pregnant giraffe April has had over 13 million views—and it's still going strong.
obsession with April the Giraffe took a turn toward hilarity on Sunday, when she
decided to post the video of herself on Facebook. "All our friends have
been making fun of me and my obsession with April," she wrote to one
commenter. "So we just thought, 'Hey we should order a giraffe
While an unusual
number of people have kicked back to enjoy Erin's theatrical imitation of the
tallest living terrestrial animal on the planet, the rest of the world remains
fixated on the REAL April, who is
about to give birth to her fourth calf.
Giraffe lives at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, N.Y., where zoo
officials have been live streaming her entire pregnancy on YouTube. Initially,
animal activists complained that the stream was in violation of the sites
"nudity and sexual content" policies (I know, right?), and YouTube officials agreed to
remove it from their feed. But it wasn't long before viewers took
notice and voiced their frustration on social media.
UPDATE: Video is back up! Been watching April and Oliver anxiously awaiting the arrival of their new baby giraffe on live feed for days when it was pulled from both YouTube and Facebook live due to...
of online protests like these from April's doting fans, YouTube administrators re-enabled
the live footage that can be seen below.
40-ish week journey into motherhood, Giraffe pregnancies can last up to 15
months—that's 65 uncomfortable weeks of bloated determination—with labor
lasting anywhere from a few hours to a couple of days (feeling, ya, April!). Not only that, but it is
estimated that April's little rugrat should weigh in close to 150 lbs. and
could be as high as 6 feet tall.
*Gulps* Holy giraffe
mask; let THAT wash over you for a
What should the bb giraffe's name be? #AprilTheGiraffe
something else, too. It seems as though this giraffe may be giving Dietrich a
run for her money in the comedy department. Here is a video she posted of
herself last week making eyes at the camera.
AprilTheGiraffe jus chillin like she was yesterday and the day before and the day before that and also the day before that day https://t.co/beBS4XiNbd
As for the
Myrtle Beach wisecracking mother of three, baby number four is due to arrive on
March 14. Let's hope, for Erin's sake, that her bundle of joy is a lot smaller than
April's. And that she'll lose the mask once in labor.