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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Meet Daniel, An Emotional Support Animal

This is Daniel. He is no ordinary duck. Daniel is an emotional support animal, AKA a pet who has been prescribed by a mental health specialist as providing necessary comfort for their human’s psychological disorders. An emotional support animal needs to come with a license, but once they do you can take the pet on a flight without being charged a pet fee and can live in an apartment that doesn’t otherwise allow pets.

Usually, emotional support animals come in the form of dogs or cats, which makes Daniel very special. Author Mark Essig spotted him on a flight from Charlotte to Asheville, North Carolina, and couldn’t resist posting some photos of him, because he is so darn cute. Look at his shoes! And his Captain America diaper!

Essig told BuzzFeed that Daniel is a 4-year-old Indian Runner, and his owner bought him at a yard sale (which seems like a whole other story, if only ducks could talk!?) Also, Indian Runner ducks technically can’t fly, but Daniel’s here to prove that ~anything is possible~ when you believe, and get the proper certification etc. 

He said his owner kissed Daniel’s beak on the flight several times, but also held it down when he quacked too much because, you know, other passengers might have been trying to watch the inflight movie or something.

According to the National Service Registry, any "domesticated animal" can qualify as an emotional support animal. If you want to potentially make your little buddy an emotional support animal, you’ll need a letter from a licensed mental health specialist stating that you have an emotional or mental disability, and then register the animal HERE.





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