A particularly gorgeous duck has somehow vanished from Central Park in the US almost as quickly as it appeared, leaving bird fans and admirers of the fancy duck wondering if someone has bird-napped the perfect avian specimen.
First of all, HOW could you do that to a poor, defenceless bird? And especially to one as pretty as this guy?
— Mearl Colaco (@mearlcolaco) November 1, 2018
The Mandarin Duck discovered in Central Park New York. Nature's colours are amazing!!! pic.twitter.com/klVzX5lwXa
— Wayne Cox (@TheWayneCox) November 1, 2018
LOOK it’s SO PRETTY. It’s like a painting. I love the duck so much.
Anyway, this Mandarin duck has made bird lovers in New York basically shit themselves because it’s so gorgeous but also it’s incredibly rare for this species to be in the US, let alone in Central Park.
Seriously, people were lining up for HOURS to try and get a glimpse of the feathered friend. Which, if you ask me, would probably stress out the poor thing. Just let the guy do his ducky business in peace!
HOW ARE YOU REAL??
I’m so invested in the mandarin duck in NYC someone find him!!!
— alexa (@iconicthott) November 8, 2018
I swear, if someone stole the mandarin duck (it's gone missing) from central park I will hunt them down & throw them in the contaminated hudson valley river.
— ???? Nikronomicon ???? (@ReinasGirl) November 8, 2018
the mystery duck was all i had
— autumn sweater (@cheltaylor) November 8, 2018
Despite not being spotted for nearly a week, bird watchers suspect the precious birdo has just moved himself to a more secluded spot – like the nearby reservoir – so literal hundreds of people can’t gawk at him.
Seriously, this is just ridiculous.
Mysterious mandarin duck makes a splash in NYC’s Central Park pic.twitter.com/vjZISVqqw0
— Nico Spalato (@NikeSpalato) November 7, 2018
But I swear, if someone has laid a single finger on this precious, perfect fowl, you’re going to have an angry mob at your door. Do not disrespect the bird. DO NOT.Image: AAP Images / Malcolm Pinckney / New York City Department of Parks and Recreatio