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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/14/2016


NORTH CAROLINA — Usually it’s flight attendants who trundle up and down the aisle, but on a recent flight from Charlotte to Asheville, N.C., travellers were surprised to see a feathered friend waddling by — Daniel the duck. Wearing red “shoes” and a Captain America diaper, Daniel Turducken Stinkerbutt is a four-and-a-half-year-old Indian Runner duck who’s also an emotional support animal for Carla Fitzgerald, according to the Washington Post. A former horse-and-carriage driver in Milwaukee, Fitzgerald adopted Daniel in 2012 and about a year later, was involved in a serious car accident. She was immobile for months and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, but found the duck was responsive to her needs. So she took him on the flight — and he quickly became a celebrity of sorts thanks to tweets, with photos and a video, by passenger Mark Essig. “I heard a few maybe semi-critical mutterings, like ‘Now I’ve seen everything,’” said Essig. “But most everybody was delighted to have a duck on a plane. As they should be.” Afterwards, the crew posed for a picture with Daniel.