By Jenny Xie, September 24, 2013
A lonesome duck appeared inside the N/R subway station at 23rd Street in New York City yesterday, looking terribly out of place. For riders, though, it was a spectacle, as you can see from this image from the "nyc" section of Reddit.
The mystery did not last long, as tweets from insurance company Aflac revealed the duck is its mascot. The company has been tweeting pictures of the bird in the city all day.
Aflac Duck ✔ @aflacduck
Authorities are not pleased. A Metropolitan Transit Authority representative told Gothamist:
Ducks don’t belong on the subway, especially waddling through stations, and especially not when they’re used as part of a publicity stunt that makes it harder for our customers to get around. We did not know about this stunt, we did not approve it, and we’ve made clear to Aflac that it was improper. New Yorkers know that animals are only allowed in the subway when they’re enclosed in containers that will prevent them from annoying any other passengers.