CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 18 (UPI) -- An "emotional support duck" that rode with its owner on a recent flight proved to be a hit with fellow passengers, who made the avian into a viral celebrity.
Daniel, the duck on my flight, likes to look at the clouds. pic.twitter.com/YiOjCvZ0NO— Mark Essig (@mark_essig) October 16, 2016
Fitzgerald said she has PTSD from a 2013 accident involving a driver who was texting behind the wheel. She said her doctor prescribed an emotional support animal to help her remain calm, especially in panic attack situations.
Fitzgerald wasn't the only one to benefit from Daniel's presence on the plane.
"His gentle quacking eases the sadness of leaving," Essig tweeted.
Here is a 3-second video of Daniel the emotional support duck. His human says, 'and wagging? That's happy.' pic.twitter.com/WElW9d827o— Mark Essig (@mark_essig) October 17, 2016
Daniel was spotted earlier boarding a flight from Milwaukee to Charlotte, where he and Fitzgerald transferred to the Ashville-bound flight.
Twitter user @emma_d tweeted a photo taken by her father of the duck boarding at an American Airlines gate in Milwaukee.