Instagram/@eastlake23(NEW YORK) — The Mandarin duck that’s taking over the internet is back in New York City.
Visitors to Central Park were unable to locate the duck earlier this week. But on Thursday morning, lucky bystanders caught a glimpse of the rare, multi-colored bird.
The bird immediately caused a social media frenzy when it first appeared at the Central Park Pond on Oct 10.
Many wondered how it landed in New York City, with some even speculating it was a domestic pet. Birdwatchers, tourists and photographers alike have been flooding the park in recent weeks for the chance to see the duck. Safety officials, however, advised bird watchers and visitors to not disturb it.
“While it's exciting to spot such a rare bird in NYC's backyard, like every other celebrity sighting, New Yorkers should know to give him space and not to disturb him," John McCoy, deputy director of the Urban Park Rangersm told ABC New York station WABC.
The NYC Parks Department also weighed in on Central Park’s newest celebrity.
"While we are not tracking the Mandarin duck, we've noted that he's appeared healthy and has regularly moved between water bodies in Central Park," the department said in a statement. "We don't know his exact location at this time. Almost all ducks migrate seasonally.”
"While we're happy to have had him visit our parks, it's important to remember that at some point he may leave New York for warmer temperatures," it added.
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