This Duck Can Fly... But Only In Coach
Daniel, a 4-year-old Indian Runner and certified emotional support animal, waddled onto a passenger plane to Asheville, North Carolina, over the weekend wearing a Captain America diaper and red shoes.
“My seatmate, CLT➡️AVL, is this handsome duck named Daniel. His gentle quacking eases the sadness of leaving #SFA16,” Mark Essig tweeted from the plane Sunday with a shot of Daniel in the aisle.
He later shared another photo of the fowl staring out the window.
“Daniel, the duck on my flight, likes to look at the clouds,” Essig tweeted.
Daniel belongs to Carla Fitzgerald, who developed PTSD after she was thrown from a horse and carriage she was steering and was hit by a driver who was texting, according to ABC 7 Milwaukee.
The comfort bird, a unique breed of duck that can’t fly, can tell when Fitzgerald is about to have a panic attack, and calms her down.
Essig told the Citizen-Times he witnessed their affection for each other during their short plane ride.
“She would give the duck a little kiss. They were clearly very close,” he said.
She even shared a not very PC — as far as birds are concerned — meal with her feathered chum.
“He had lunched on chicken fries from Burger King, which seemed to be verging on cannibalistic to me,” Essig told the North Carolina paper.