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Search for duck with plastic around beak in Central Park

Rare duck spotted with plastic around beak in Central Park in Manhattan
Posted at 7:08 AM, Feb 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-26 07:08:05-05

CENTRAL PARK, Manhattan — New York City Park Rangers and bird watchers are trying to rescue a rare duck in Central Park that's been spotted with plastic around its beak.

According to the New York Post, bird watchers first spotted the Common Merganser, a species rare in the city, Feb. 19 with the plastic seemingly stuck around its neck and lower beak.

Avid bird watcher Bradley Kane spotted the duck again on Feb. 22 and tweeted, "I should be thrilled to see this Common Merganser hen, seen on the Lake in Central Park today...However it's tough to see it suffer due to our use of plastic."

Due to the plastic separating the bird's beak, many fear the fowl has not been able to eat since before it was first spotted.

According to Gothamist, the Parks Department has asked "all birding New Yorkers to keep an eye out for our feathered friend. If you spot the bird, please contact the NYC Parks Urban Park Rangers directly at (212) 360-2774 or call 311 after 5 p.m."