Duck and dog make unlikely best friend duo in North Carolina
ATLANTIC BEACH, NC (WITN/NBC) — An unlikely pair is turning heads on the North Carolina coast: a duck who thinks he is a dog, and a dog who has become best friends with the duck, and can be spotted playing, swimming and sleeping together.
Meet Occy the dog and his feathered friend: Biggie the duck.
"You'll see them napping together, they'll eat grass together, they'll swim together. They do everything together, hang out in the pool, eat together,” Frances Marsh says the friendship began about three years ago, when Occy was just a pup, biggie, a duckling.
"I honestly though Biggie would hurt Occy the dog at first because Occy was so young, he was just a puppy so I wasn't worried one bit and then the older they got they kept playing the exact same and Occy was super gentle,” Marsh told NBC affiliate WITN-TV.
The pair love playing behind marshes surf shop in Atlantic beach and have become quite the popular duo.
"Most of the time when people see them playing they'll pass by here on their boats and they'll stop and take a picture or video...I'm so used to it I don't realize it’s odd, but apparently it is," Marsh said.
So odd, in fact Biggie doesn't realize he's a duck.
"He definitely thinks he's a dog, he won't even eat duck food, he eats the dogs food and drinks out of the dog's bowl," Marsh explained.
And is now just part of the family.
"I thought he would just join the other ducks behind the shop in the creek, but once he became part of the family, he became like a dog and didn't want to join the ducks and now he just lives with us and he's just part of our crew," Marsh said.
With a love that will never be broken.
"Once they're worn out, you can come back here and Biggie will be sitting on top of Occy. They'll just be hanging out," Marsh said.