One little duck made a big splash at this year’s New York City Marathon. Wrinkle the Duck joined the pitter-patter of her cute duck feet with those of 33,000 other (human) participants in the annual race, which was canceled in 2020–something that had never been done before in the history of the race. The owners of the adorable emotional support duck posted a video of Wrinkle’s ambitious running debut on YouTube and TikTok, where it has quickly gone viral with almost 10 million views and over 15,000 comments.
Equipped with her own custom red duck shoes, Wrinkle and her speedy waddle were met with wide grins and excited cheers from the crowd. One onlooker can even be heard shouting, “You got this, little duck, you!” Her fellow runners were equally as enthused—and perhaps slightly baffled—to see a lovable white duck running alongside them. Delighted by the video, one commenter wrote, “I know this may seem silly, but I’ve been so deeply depressed lately, and seeing this little lady running has actually made me smile.” To which Wrinkle responded, “As an official emotional support duck, hearing this makes me feel like I’m doing my job well. Wrinkle loves you.”
Several famous brands got in on the fun in the comments as well. “Legendary Duck,” commented professional ice hockey team the Anaheim Ducks. Peloton chimed in to recruit Wrinkle to teach a “20-minute Hip Hop Waddle” class. The well-known shoe brand Adidas expressed particular interest in Wrinkle’s innovative footwear. “Sending this to our design team to petition for a new duck shoe collection,” the company joked. But, judging by her response, it seems Wrinkle might actually be interested in a deal. “We make our shoes ourself,” she responded. “We’re looking for a good sponsor.”
Whether she’s wearing shoes or not, it’s obvious that the spunky little Pekin duck has waddled her tiny duck feet right into our hearts. To see more of Wrinkle’s adorable adventures, check her out on TikTok and YouTube.