A Manhattan subway station hosted an unusual commuter Monday when a duck waddled through it.
The animal, which turned out to be the Aflac duck, was spotted in and around the 23rd Street station in the Flatiron District. The stunt was reportedly a gimmick for Advertising Week.
The MTA, however, was not amused about a duck waddling loose in a subway station. Spokesman Adam Lisberg released this statement to 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.”