Adorable ‘Emotional Support’ Duck Takes First Plane Ride, His Tiny Diaper Sends Internet Into A Frenzy.

duck on plane with red feet

Seeing a flying duck isn’t an unusual sight. But most people have never seen a duck fly on a plane. On a flight from Charlotte, North Carolina to Asheville, Author Mark Essig was taken by surprise when his adorable seatmate, Daniel, waddled up.


Daniel was seated in front of Essig on the flight. But his new feathered friend was not just an unusual passenger – Daniel is a certified, emotional support duck. The 4-year-old support duck was accompanying his owner, who had bought him at a yard sale. Essig shared a few posts of his new cute duck friend on his Twitter page and spent some time getting to know his owner.


An emotional support animal (ESA) is a companion animal that provides therapeutic benefit, such as alleviating or mitigating some symptoms of the disability, to an individual with a mental or psychiatric disability. Emotional support animals are typically dogs and cats, but may include other animals. – Wikipedia

“He was wearing little red booties,”Essig told BuzzFeed News, “I assume to protect the delicate webbing of his feet, though I didn’t ask why.â€

Daniel’s fashionable outfit was complete with a Captain American diaper that his owner says is his favorite.

“His human said he had several diapers, but always indicated (how I’m not sure) that he preferred to wear the Captain America one,†Essig said.

Although Daniel can’t fly, Essig captured an amazing photo of Daniel looking out the window at the clouds.


“Was he dreaming of flying through the clouds under his own strength?”pondered Essig. “His owner told me he couldn’t fly, and Wikipedia tells me that Indian Runner ducks can’t fly, but does his tiny brain contain some pre-domestication ancestral memory of flight?â€

All we know is that Daniel is taking the internet by storm and has stolen our hearts!

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