HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (KDKA/AP) — As the world watches and waits for April the Giraffe to have her calf, zookeepers say they are preparing for a snow storm.

In a daily update, the Animal Adventure Park assures April’s fans that the team is “preparing accordingly” for a snow storm set to hit the northeast.

New York City could get up to 18 inches of snow, with Boston seeing a similar amount and Philadelphia slated to get up to a foot. Up to 10 inches could fall in Washington, D.C.

Update: 3/15/2017

Vet checks continue to indicate significant changes in April. Her back end has become significantly larger and relaxed, motion and pulsing in this area has been noted, and discharge has been observed. Ladies and gentlemen – we are close. We are still not confirming active labor, but will state all physical signs are headed in the right direction.”

April-mania has enraptured the online community. She has her own website, a GoFundMe page and even an apparel line.

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