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Famous Baby Giraffe Passes Away Only a Month After Birth?

A Facebook post created using a "prank" web site fooled many into believing that internet star April the Giraffe's calf had died.

Published May 24, 2017

Image Via Flickr/Valerie
A baby giraffe that earned viral fame in April 2017 passed away a month after birth.

In May 2017 a widely-shared Facebook post spread the claim that Tajiri, the calf born to internet star April the Giraffe at the Animal Adventure Park in New York, had passed away only a month after his birth:

However, clicking this link leads to a message informing the viewer that they "got owned":

Earlyview.net is one of many "prank" web sites. These sites allow you to create your own fake news story with a few clicks. Users choose a picture, write a headline and description, and then the web site formats the information so that it resembles a genuine news item, which you can then share on Facebook:

April the giraffe became an internet sensation in 2017 thanks to a web cam installed at the Animal Adventure Park. The birth of Tajiri on 15 April 2017 was viewed by more than 1.2 million people on YouTube:

April and Tajiri still bring in big crowd (both online and in person) and the zoo regularly posts pictures of them on their social media pages. Furthermore, a local Fox affiliate visited the giraffes on 23 May 2017, long after this death hoax first circulated on social media:

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.

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