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This adventurous Minnesota duck is now a viral internet sensation

Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on

Published in Cats & Dogs News

We brought him to the Winter Carnival. Oh my god, it was crazy. People were recognizing us from the video. They were treating it like they were meeting Tom Brady. We got like 2 pictures and we had to get out of there.

Q: What's next for Ben Afquack?

A: I totally don't expect this to happen, but what I would love to do is use the popularity to bring him to a hospital or a treatment center, a place where I could bring some happiness to someone who's not having a good day. People lose their minds when they meet him. It's crazy how much he makes people's day. I'd like to try to lift people's spirits.

Q: What do you do, Derek?

A: I'm in school for computer science and I work full-time as a personal trainer.

About 6 years ago, I got clean. I was a drug addict for many years, so I feel like I missed out on a lot of the things people do when they're younger, because of the poor life choices I made. Ever since I got clean, my whole mentality has been try to move forward as much as possible, but also have fun along the way. I do everything I can not to take life so seriously. I'm psyched to be on the other side of things, and be alive, that I try to have as much fun as possible.

Q: What else should fans know about Ben Afquack?


A: As cool as he seems online, he's about a thousand times cooler than that. A thousand times friendlier than you can imagine. He even lets you pet him. If you pet the side of his face, he falls asleep.

Q: This makes me want to get a pet duck.

A: I think everyone should. I thought it was such a dumb idea, but we got a little baby duck. A cute little puff ball who would eventually be a full-size bird. I don't know why people don't do this. If more people get ducks, we could have playdates. Except he's actually afraid of ducks. When we brought him to the beach, he saw ducks and he ran behind the dog.

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