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Daniel the Duck serves as an "emotional support" animal for Carla Fitzgerald, who suffers from PTSD. Credit: Mark Essig

Airplane passengers fell in love with this 'emotional support' duck. And so have we.



Airplane passengers on a flight from Charlotte to Asheville, North Carolina, fell in love Daniel Turducken Stinkerbutt, also known as 'Daniel the Duck.' 

Daniel the Duck serves an "emotional support" animal for 37-year-old Carla Fitzgerald, according to ABC News. Fitzgerald has been battling post-traumatic stress disorder since an accident in 2013. 

Daniel got his moment of fame over the weekend when he accompanied her on two flights. 

Author Mark Essig was on the plane and took several photos of Daniel.

Everyone just took notice of him and fell in love.
Fitzgerald told ABC News

"I mean, he's an adorable, funny and sweet lil' guy. He was very well-behaved at the airport and during the flight," Fitzgerald said. 

She added that Daniel's Captain America diaper and red shoes were well-received by passengers on her flights. 

This was the first time Fitzgerald has flown since 2013, and she said she was "incredibly nervous."

Fitzgerald told ABC News that Daniel's presence gave her the "comfort and confidence" to make it through the flight. 

Normally, Fitzgerald said that Daniel can tell when she's on the verge of a panic attack and puts his feet on her chest so she will lay down. 

Fitzgerald said her doctor wrote a letter noting that Daniel is an official part of her treatment so he could board the plane.

"Some people have therapy dogs, others have cats. I have a duck," Fitzgerald told ABC News.  

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