They said she had dropped by Saturday, at least; that the calf had been very active up to and past that time, but had settled down recently (a day or two ago) and that they would expect that might be a precursor to birth. At that time, they reported wax caps still in place on nipples?
But they’ve been running on “who know when” since late February, because of not knowing exactly when the pregnancy “took”. Imagine, 15 months pregnant! And they say that because giraffes are so good at hiding the early stages of labor, they don’t even say that labor has started until they see feet showing.
Haven’t noticed her tail area changing, except that she looks “bulgy” in her vulval area. But it has been that way, sometimes more, sometimes less, since Saturday when I started the birth watch.
I’ve been checking in on her off and on since then--she alternates standing around at night with walking around her stall (slowly--that’s what they seem to do anyway), neck down, tail lifted, legs spread sometimes (they give birth standing up) looking uncomfortable, like labor could be starting (4th calf, so I imagine it should go quickly--supposedly maybe even as short 20-30 minutes or so), but then during the day she eats and chews cud and looks perfectly comfortable.
So we wait...and some of us stare