Mandarin Duck, Now Internet Celebrity and Central Park Resident, Continues Reign Over Manhattan
A magnificent Mandarin duck has become a star attraction at Central Park, traveling from unknown lands to mingle with the most banal of mallards, attracting crowds and the paparazzi along the way.
The world famous Mandarin Duck of Manhattan (Image: Twitter/@alexcritelli7)
If you can make it in New York City, you've essentially made it all over the world, since the big apple is universally considered the cultural capital of the world. From the Naked Cowboy on Times Square to the belles of Broadway
No surprise then that a magnificent Mandarin duck has become a star attraction at Central Park, traveling from unknown lands to mingle with the most banal of mallards, attracting crowds and the paparazzi along the way.
The duck, whose species is native to East Asia and sees males sport a colorful plumage in purple, orange, yellow and rust tones, landed at the iconic New York park on a sunny October day. He was spotted by rare bird watcher David Barrett, who posted a video on Twitter via the handle @BirdCentralPark that went viral.
The tos and fros of this stunning member of the anatidae family are tracked closely on Twitter, and he even got his moment of fame in The New York Times.
The MANDARIN DUCK had a busy day, diving for seeds generously thrown by his admirers, consulting with other ducks on important issues, and shaking off water, via 📷 @IAMASONFLOWER pic.twitter.com/KAUkvbBJ5g— Manhattan Bird Alert (@BirdCentralPark) November 28, 2018
It's unclear exactly how he arrived here. Some speculated at first that he had escaped from a zoo, but none of the city's reported a missing duck. Others guessed he might have been abandoned by a family that kept him as a pet. Yet more suggested he came from lands beyond the US financial capital, where laws bar people from owning a duck.
All the speculation has only helped fuel the duck's popularity. Mystery abounds when he surreptitiously takes flight for missions that can sometimes last two weeks. He was spotted several times in New Jersey -- on the other side of the East River -- with a telling band on his right leg, but it's unclear whether he swam or flew to the other side.
The duck has become a star, nicknamed Mandarin Patinkin by local media as a tribute to actor Mandy Patinkin of Princess Bride fame.
On Tuesday, he roamed about beyond the lenses of photographers on the lake in a southeastern corner of Central Park a stone's throw from the Plaza hotel, snacking on a few breadcrumbs thrown by onlookers.
(With AFP Relaxnews inputs)
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