New York transport officials: Subway station not for the birds

Sept. 25, 2013 at 3:11 PM

NEW YORK, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- A spokesman for New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority said officials were irked by an Aflac stunt involving a duck in a subway station.

MTA spokesman Adam Lisberg released a statement saying the insurance company did not have permission to have its spokes-duck wander through the 23rd Street subway station in Manhattan, the New York Post reported Wednesday.

"Ducks don't belong on the subway," Lisberg said. "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."

"New Yorkers know that animals are only allowed in the subway when they're enclosed in containers," he said.

An Aflac representative told The Village Voice the duck in the subway was a stunt for Advertising Week.

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