Whatever you think of the idea of an emotional support duck, you have to admit that Daniel is one attractive bird.
That diaper isn’t just for fashion’s sake. The city fathers where I live have stocked a little river park with ducks and geese. They poop all over the sidewalk, but lots of folks turn out every day to watch them and toss them a tidbit or two.
Needing a bit of emotional support in your next flight? Daniel the duck fits the bill!
North Carolina author Mark Essig was on a flight from Charlotte to Asheville on Sunday when he met another passenger’s companion: an emotional support duck named Daniel.
‘He is an Indian Runner (an Indonesian breed), a certified emotional support duck, four years old, wears a Captain America diaper,’ Essig tweeted in a series documenting his encounter with Daniel.
Essig met Daniel and his companion, a young woman in her 20s, at the terminal.
‘He was in one of those little pet stroller things, and I peeked in expecting to see a dog and there was a duck,’ Essig told the Citizen-Times. ‘I said, “hello.”‘
His stroller had a little sign that said: ‘My first flight.’
Daniel walked onto the plane on a leash, wearing a Captain American diaper and red shoes to protect his webbed feet.
He had lunched on chicken fries from Burger King, which seemed to be verging on cannibalistic to me,’ Essig told the Citizen-Times.
Once the flight took off, Daniel walked down aisles – occasionally giving his owner a peck on the mouth, the newspaper reported.
One of his favorite things to do: watch out the window as the clouds went by, perhaps dreaming of flying one day.
‘I have flown a fair amount, but I’ve never seen any companion poultry on a plane,’ he said.
There’s more pictures at the link, along with video.