Wednesday 22 November 2017
You’ve heard of therapy dogs, but how about therapy ducks?

You’ve heard of therapy dogs, but how about therapy ducks?

12 days ago

You’ve heard of therapy dogs, but how about therapy ducks?

12 days ago


Therapy dogs have become a common sight in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices and disaster areas, with the idea being that the pups provide love and care to people who need it.

Golden retrievers are a breed often used for the treatment and in the UK, Therapy Dogs Nationwide sends its temperament-tested dogs to hospitals, schools and prisons.

All that’s pretty easy to understand. It’s easy to cuddle a dog. But what about a duck?

If the reaction of students at Iowa Law School is anything to go by, therapy ducks can be just as good as dogs.

The duck in question, Webster, is a pretty big deal in Iowa – visiting about three different places each week, according to KCCI, and nestling into people’s laps everywhere he goes.

Webster’s owner Philip Blanchard told KCCI he decided to enlist his duck in the Animal Rescue League of Iowa’s TheraPet program after realising it acts “like a human”.

And just look how happy he is doing his job.

A duck at law school
(Paul Gowder)

Iowa Law School Professor Paul Gowder said: “It was Webster’s first visit, but not the first visit of a therapy animal in general.

“The University of Iowa College of Law often invites therapy animals to pay a visit to bring some joy to the students, especially as exam time approaches. Usually, an adorable Labrador comes – this was our first duck!”

And never mind the students, let’s appreciate how delighted Professor Gowder was.

Therapy duck Webster
(Paul Gowder)

You’re doing amazing, Webster.


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