Webster the therapy duck makes a splash on Iowa campus, and Twitter is smitten

A male mallard, also known as a wild duck, floats down one of the irrigation canals as the growing season ramps up in Albuquerque, N.M., on Friday, March 31, 2017. Water managers around New Mexico have developed regional plans identifying potential future water shortages, setting the stage for a much-needed overhaul of the statewide roadmap for navigating the uncertainties of drought. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

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If anyone knows a thing or two about stress, it’s law students. One Iowa school brought in a cute, but unexpected, guest to help its students get some much needed relief.

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Andy Grewal (@AndyGrewal) an Iowa Law School student tweeted a picture of a picture of the pet therapy duck, Webster, with whom students could pet and play with.

The cute creature was understandably a hit on campus and on Twitter.


User Nick Kilburg tweeted, “Clearly you’ve never experienced the relief those limpid eyes and soft feathers can provide. Not to mention a soulful ‘quack’ now and again,” in response to Grewal’s image.

Actor John Cusack joined the discussion on the quacky therapist, tweeting “See, now when I am king – they won’t be called therapy ducks – just ducks.”

According to an article from Des Moines KCCI, Webster has already made a name for himself in Adel, Iowa. The therapy duck makes three visits a week to provide therapeutic services all around town. Some of the places he works at include a residential facility for people dealing with mental illnesses, a nursing home and a camp for children.

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His owner, Philip Blanchard, shared with KCCI that the mallard duck didn’t plan on being anything other than a family pet, until his owner enrolled in the Animal Rescue League of Iowa’s TheraPet program. According to his owner, the duck is definitely a people person; he even had a Facebook page.

“He’s always been so personable. [Webster] loves to be social and out and about,” Blanchard said.

“Just the joy on their face to be able to pet something that’s different than a cat or a dog and feel how soft his feathers are,” he continued.

We agree; everyone should be able to pet a therapy duck because this one is absolutely adorable!

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