Below is CBS “Early Show” video of Finlay Lomax, a four-year-old with cerebral palsy who supposedly learned to walk when the family’s pet duck inspired him by walking with a splint. Frankly, I’m a little skeptical of this becoming a big Internet sensation, because (a) it’s a duck, not a dog or a cat, and (b) did the duck really inspire Finlay to take his first steps? We don’t see much of the duck. Maybe if the family had dressed the duck up in gym shorts and a headband, I would have been more inclined to believe its inspirational effect. Does ANYONE dress up their pet ducks any more? I feel like I’m living in some faraway time, like 2005, where people don’t dress up their pet waterfowl.
ANYWAY, you can tell it’s a hard-hitting news story, because it closes with this Pulitzer-worthy zinger:
Now Finlay’s on the move, and discovering walking’s all it’s quacked up to be.
“I’m a precocious eight-year-old, reporting live from third grade, where my teacher thinks that pun is cute.”