A university student says couldn’t be prouder after a campus duck named Long Boi took the internet by storm due to his incredible stature.
The creature first became famous after a Reddit post incorrectly described him as “the tallest mallard duck to have ever lived… over 1m tall”.
Since then his popularity has grown and Long Boi has become a social media star.
Zoe Duffin runs his Instagram account, where he now boasts over 16,000 followers.
She says the animal, who is a cross between a Mallard and an Indian Runner duck, is a “campus celebrity” and actually stands at nearer 70cm.
Beanpole football star Peter Crouch, himself 6ft 7in, has even got involved and tweeted his support for the bird, saying “That’s my kind of duck!”
The third year biology student, who runs the account along her friend Liam Foskett, actually started the Instagram dedicated to the duck when he turned up on campus in 2018.
She said: “I think everyone at York can say we are all very proud of Long Boi, our waterfowl are very loved and central to the university experience here at York.
“We believed that he had been dumped as an unwanted pet.
“We started feeding and taking photos of him, coining the name Long Boi due to his tall stature!
“We did feel a bit sorry for him, as he didn’t fit in with all the other ducks and was being shunned by them, he seemed quite lonely.
“Over time he’s grown quite a following with York students, he’s quite a campus celebrity, and has since flourished and integrated with the other waterfowl.”
Zoe is “completely blown away” by Long Boi’s sudden rise to fame.
She added “I can’t quite believe it. My one aspiration for Long Boi’s account was to reach 10k followers, he’s reached and passed that in just a matter of hours, which is incredible.
“I’m loving seeing all the memes, and hearing how much joy he’s spreading to others.”