Millions of people have been watching and waiting with anticipation to witness the birth of a baby giraffe at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, NY and the park set up a webcam to share the precious and educational moment with the world.
The site attracted more than 20-30 million views in the 12 hours the site was up. It is not surprising as April the giraffe is 15 years old and is expecting a calf with her mate, Oliver.
However, someone contacted YouTube to complain that the site was immoral and packed full of porn. What is amazing is that they found another puritan in YouTube who agreed with them and the site was pulled.
“For the millions of you that have been tuning in to take witness to this educational experience, a live giraffe birth, there are a handful of extremists and animal rights activists that may not agree with us, and that’s okay, but have unfortunately reported our YouTube cam as sexually explicit or nude content, which has made for its removal,” park officials said on Facebook Live.
According to YouTube’s guidelines:
“Sexually explicit content like pornography is not allowed. Videos containing fetish content will be removed or age-restricted depending on the severity of the act in question. In most cases, violent, graphic, or humiliating fetishes are not allowed to be shown on YouTube.”
The announcement seemed to have many viewers puzzled. One person commented, “Does this mean the animals in the zoo will soon be wearing clothes?”
YouTube finally realised that banning educational sites based on the age old puritan tradition of seeing sex, or witches, were there aren’t any was not going to fly and re-instated the live feed probably safe for work. We had a look this morning and it was a giraffe chewing for 10 minutes, we guess it must have turned someone on.