Bird Watcher's General Store

Who Does the AFLAC Commercial? - 02/16/01

Dear Bird Folks,

This is a weird question, but my husband and I are having an argument. He says the white bird in the "AFLAC" Insurance television commercial is a duck and I say it's a goose. Who is right?

Linda, Eastham

It's OK Linda

We live for weird questions, so don't worry about that. However, I do think you and your hubby are having a little too much TV time. Since your marriage is riding on my answer, I decided to personally contact AFLAC to find out for sure. It turns out that it's not a duck or a goose, but a raccoon wearing lots of makeup. Ever since they made such a mess while filming that Alfred Hitchcock movie, birds have been banned from joining the Screen Actor's Guild. So AFLAC decided to offer the role to a young struggling raccoon just out of Julliard. Wow, talk about uncovering a Hollywood secret.

It's a duck, Linda, a white domestic duck. The same kind of duck that barbaric people, like my wife, eat. A domestic goose would be about three times bigger and a lot crabbier. Sorry I couldn't back you up, kid, but your husband was right this time. But you knew he was bound to get something right eventually.

Artwork by Catherine Clark

Back to Article Index


Bird Watcher's General Store * 36 Rt. 6A, Orleans, MA 02653
toll-free: 1-800-562-1512