Maine girl and her duck do everything together, and their heartwarming tale goes viral

In a February segment for the nationally broadcast “CBS Sunday Morning,” feature reporter Steve Hartman visited 5-year-old Kylie Brown of Freeport, who has a unique bond with her pet duck, Snowflake.

The story was first aired here in Maine by our media partners at WGME, CBS 13, in an expertly done piece by Jana Barnello.

Ashley Brown, Kylie’s mother, said the girl’s connection with the bird was almost immediate. They brought Snowflake home as a tiny duckling “on a whim” last July with the idea he’d be an outside pet.

“This little yellow fur ball is squawking in the box, and Kylie walked over to the box and leaned in, and he was quiet,” Ashley Brown told WGME.

As so often happens with heartwarming videos featuring children or cute animals, the piece has now gotten a second wind on social media, picked up by viral content sharing services and making the rounds again in Facebook and Twitter feeds. The YouTube video of the piece has been viewed nearly 850,000 times online since its original television airing, a number that comes in addition to the millions who watched the weekend news magazine program the first time around.

“Snowflake goes to the beach in summer and sledding in winter,” Hartman explains in the video voice-over. “He’s been to soccer practice, gone on sleepovers, he even went trick-or-treating as Olaf, the snowman from [the Disney movie] ‘Frozen.'”

As you can see in the video above, Hartman struggles to complete the interview, as Brown’s earnest and adorable answers have him laughing too hard.

“How did you first find out?” Hartman asks.

“That he was a duck?” she asks, honestly.