Actor Sam Neill delighted social media users with videos of a duck among other members of his menagerie.
The Jurassic Park actor, who owns a vineyard in New Zealand, posted to Twitter a clip of his duck Charlie swimming towards him and being met with a barrier of ice.
My duck Charlie was wanting to say hello this morning, but met a barrier of ice. A major hurdle. Then something ver… https://t.co/Zv448yBasT— Sam Neill (@Sam Neill) 1561176193.0
Charlie, who has become a regular character in Neill's social media posts, then surprises the actor by taking to the skies and flying over the ice to the shore.
While the sight of a duck flying may not be completely out of the ordinary, the manoeuvre from Charlie clearly left Neill astonished as it had been years since she flew.
@TwoPaddocks https://t.co/cAe6wPk3sh— Dr. Henry Killinger (@Dr. Henry Killinger) 1561176392.0
“Nobody knew you could fly," Neill can be heard saying in surprise.
“You haven't flown for years. Good girl."
Flight CH002. Charlie just walks/runs/swims normally , and then this weekend- majestic flight over ice TWICE https://t.co/b2iYRHIGyv— Sam Neill (@Sam Neill) 1561244704.0
Neill's Twitter followers have kept up to date with his friendship with Charlie the duck in a series of posts over the last few years.
When a duck understands everything you say. https://t.co/UWRiEPth6a— Sam Neill (@Sam Neill) 1555318753.0
In a post earlier this year he was heard telling Charlie “you're such a pretty duck", while back in 2017 he posted a picture of himself giving the bird a massage.
Morning walks and chats with duck . @charliepick https://t.co/a5ZHl7oS6w— Sam Neill (@Sam Neill) 1559259280.0
He also shared the unveiling of a surprise for Charlie.
SPECIAL DELIVERY. Charlie Pickering , my friend and duck, received three parcels today, clearly gifts . She is clea… https://t.co/ERX3Aa1KCZ— Sam Neill (@Sam Neill) 1562333740.0
SPECIAL DELIVERY 2. Charlie is astonished when not one, not two , but THREE new young Muscovy ducks arrive in her d… https://t.co/CaNf87cdDQ— Sam Neill (@Sam Neill) 1562370547.0
Friends. Natch. https://t.co/n95gpIo5rf— Sam Neill (@Sam Neill) 1562450216.0
Neill is clearly an animal lover.
Completely agree. Except also - for my chickens, cows and pigs that are all so free range they're close to feral. https://t.co/cKfcFD5Pch— Sam Neill (@Sam Neill) 1562851181.0
Angelica the pig also makes frequent appearances on Neill's Twitter account.
My friend Angelica would like to ask you to help injured, abused or neglected animals, & remember that August 5 is… https://t.co/0naTu7eSxS— Sam Neill (@Sam Neill) 1562734655.0
https://t.co/705Tm5FvJd— Sam Neill (@Sam Neill) 1562212854.0
https://t.co/lOj0T51bTJ— Sam Neill (@Sam Neill) 1562143081.0
Best watched AFTER eating probably... https://t.co/bdlt3zGE8X— Sam Neill (@Sam Neill) 1561984608.0
Look, in case you think we just hang out with ducks and cows and chickens and things on the farm , I would have you… https://t.co/QvqwmPttse— Sam Neill (@Sam Neill) 1562675605.0
And then the sheep went bad... #SixWordHorrorStory #SixWordHorror #BaaadToTheBone https://t.co/ND6QVklZdO— Sam Neill (@Sam Neill) 1560841572.0
This is our Rooster- vain, puffed up, bossy and yes quite handsome. His name is Bryan Brown. But that's just a coin… https://t.co/5ssOlmd4a3— Sam Neill (@Sam Neill) 1560662486.0
New potbellied pig and friend. https://t.co/PULAktxs9I— Sam Neill (@Sam Neill) 1555566071.0
RHYS DARBY HAS [another] COW. yes, our favourite ginger cow. @rhysiedarby [it was an honest mistake - we didn't kno… https://t.co/NuvUConT57— Sam Neill (@Sam Neill) 1554874771.0
#FaceOff. In #NZ we have an estimated 80 million Australian possums, extremely destructive pests. Ralphie can't sta… https://t.co/vnUiISYzQy— Sam Neill (@Sam Neill) 1554783116.0
...and a cat that is not even his.
Last day pick at #TheFusilier with Jacqui and Mike. Jacqui's enormous cat [ GM Pest Control ] has ambitions to head… https://t.co/f3Mt98QR35— Sam Neill (@Sam Neill) 1556436414.0
Neill's byplay on his videos is a big part of their charm.
We all love an animal lover and if they're a handsome actor with a lovely voice?
I made a bunch of videos @yalumba this weekend for Instagram @SamNeillTheProp.Take a look. This one didn't go so we… https://t.co/fX0FSDDaNX— Sam Neill (@Sam Neill) 1562724237.0