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A Rothschild subspecies giraffe stands in its habitat at Nairobi's giraffe conservation centre "The Giraffe Centre" on December 21, 2016.  TONY KARUMBA—AFP/Getty Images

YouTube Suspends Live Stream of Giraffe Birth Due to 'Nudity and Sexual Content'

Feb 24, 2017

A New York zoo owner says YouTube briefly removed his live stream of a giraffe giving birth after animal rights extremists reported it under "nudity and sexual content."

Jordan Patch, owner of the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, began streaming from the center's Giraffe Barn on Feb. 22 where the pregnant giraffe named April was due to give birth to her fourth calf. More than 20 million viewers have tuned in to watch, a zoo spokesperson told ABC 15.

But, according to Patch, YouTube then suspended the feed. "Upset YouTube has suspended the live feed for nudity [and] sexual content?" he wrote in Facebook post that received more than 10,000 shares. "You can thank animal rights extremists for this issue."

Shortly after turning to Facebook Live as an alternative to film the giraffe birth, the YouTube stream was up and running again.

YouTube acknowledged to CNET that it had taken the live stream down. "With the massive volume of content on our site -- 400 hours uploaded every minute - sometimes we make the wrong call," a spokesman told the site. "When it's brought to our attention that content has been removed mistakenly, we act quickly to reinstate it." The video sharing site did not immediately respond to TIME's request for comment.

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