Central Park’s mandarin duck, putting his surroundings to shame.

In the fall of 2018, someone special came to New York City. He was a flurrying swoop of shapes and colors, feathers and feet, two wings and one beak, and he called the waterways of Central Park home. He was a mandarin duck.

Native to East Asia, mandarin ducks are not the standard fowl you see floating about the ponds of your local park, and nobody knows exactly where the Central Park mandarin duck came from, or where he went after he flew off, in March of 2019. Ever vigilant about the unique and wonderful in their home, New Yorkers recognized they had a special visitor in their midst, and people from all walks of life flocked to Central Park to try to spot the stranger from the East.

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