A mother mallard, who built her nest on a traffic island in the middle of the busy thoroughfare, panicked and abandoned her 11 ducklings when well-meaning New Yorkers tried to help her web-footed little legion reach safety yesterday.
She flew frantically between East 68th and 69th streets, loudly squawking as her babies, unable to follow her, quacked in near unison below.
Then she disappeared.
|“If you’re not in New York, you’re camping out.”|
|— Thomas E. Dewey|