Therapy duck waddles into the hearts of Iowa hospice patients

JOHNSTON, Iowa (CNN/ WHO) -- A new guest is helping comfort people in Johnston.

Webster the mallard duck is a new pet therapy volunteer at WesleyLife. He will visit hospice patients with his handler, and can sit on people's lap or next to them as they pet him.

The volunteer coordinator says a duck maybe unusual, but different people find comfort in different ways.

"We saw this in action just the other day and honestly is was pretty remarkable. We visited with one woman in particular who grew up on a farm. They just snuggled up with one another. It was amazing to see," said Sarah Underwood, volunteer coordinator for WesleyLife.

Webster completed the pet therapy program at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.