The hot duck hype
Even if you aren’t living in NYC you may have heard of Central Park’s newest resident. The mandarin duck who mysteriously appeared in the park’s south east pond this fall has made national news. Due to his popularity with locals and tourists alike he has been dubbed “hot duck”.
Mandarin ducks aren’t native to the United States so his arrival in the park was a surprise. Park officials don’t know if hot duck was dumped by someone who was trying to raise him as an exotic pet or if the story is more complicated than that. Originally there was talk of moving hot duck to a bird sanctuary, but since he appears to be healthy and happy it was decided that he can remain in the wild.
Hot duck doesn’t limit himself to one location. He’s also been spotted in Riverside Park and Newark, NJ. It seems his favorite location is Central Park though. You can find out where he is located on a given day by following the Twitter account Manhattan Bird Alert but if you’re in Central Park he’s hard to miss. There is usually a gaggle of photographers surrounding the pond to capture a perfect shot of him.
The city wide obsession with hot duck may seem silly, but it’s nice to know something so simple can bring a smile to the most cynical New Yorkers.