UPDATE: It’s now the 7th of March and April the “sexually explicit” giraffe still hasn’t had her baby. The zoo is constantly live streaming her progress over on YouTube though, so make sure you go and give it a watch!
We’ve seen YouTube ban some crazy things… and on the flip side, totally ignore some things that 100% should have been banned. But today the entire Internet seems to be up in arms after a live stream surrounding the birth of a baby giraffe in a New York zoo was pulled from YouTube for “nudity”, in addition to being too “sexually explicit”. Seriously.
Since making her Internet debut on Wednesday 22nd of February, April the giraffe has been the topic of heated debate after a “handful of extremists and animal rights activists” reported the live stream of her giving birth. The stream has since been restored and is currently available to watch via the zoo’s own YouTube channel, but the action YouTube took to shut the stream down has caused quite the stir.
The livestream is still happening as of today (February 24th), so if you want to watch the birth of a baby giraffe then make sure you check it out ASAP!
Whilst the stream may be back online right now (and April is due to give birth any day!), the comments section of the broadcast has been closed down because Jordan Patch, the zoo owner, believes “it is no longer an environment to foster true education in a safe space”.
Over on the Animal Adventure Park’s official Facebook page, they broke the news about their stream being shut down by blaming “extremists” and “activists”. However, after receiving a “magnitude of requests to sponsor [the] giraffes”, the zoo have launched a GoFundMe to help “offset their annual care at [their] facility”… especially with a brand new giraffe on the way! In just 10 hours, they’ve raised $2,902 to support April and the fawn’s father, Oliver.
But what do you think – is the live stream of a giraffe giving birth too “sexually explicit” for YouTube or is it perfectly fine? Let us know in the comments below.