Dapper Emotional Support Duck Thrills Airline Pax

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Dressed in a pair of red shoes, a Captain America shirt and a diaper, a 4 yr. old duck was the centre of attention as it boarded the aircraft to fly from CLT to AVL.

Daniel Turducken Stinkerbutt is an emotional support duck who belongs to Wisconsin’s Carla Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald adopted Daniel when he was only days old, and he has been her constant companion and support since she was hit by a car in 2013.

But when she brought Daniel on her flight last Monday, she inadvertently turned him into an internet sensation.

Mark Essig, who was also on the flight, couldn’t resist snapping a few pics of the dapperly-dressed Daniel, and once he posted them to Twitter, well, you know the rest – a duck star was born.

“My seatmate is this handsome duck named Daniel. His gentle quacking eases the sadness of leaving,” Essid wrote in one tweet.

The story brings to mind some lyrics from Elton John’s song ‘Daniel.’

Daniel is travelling tonight on a plane
I can see the red tail lights heading for Spain (Asheville)
Oh and I can see Daniel waving goodbye
God it looks like Daniel, must be the clouds in my eyes


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