Hᴜɴᴛer Clay, 17, from Tennessee, is the caretaker of his beloved pet duck, Lauren. Clay got Lauren five years ago, thanks to his brother.
“My brother, when he was 16, he had just gotten his first paycheck and he saw that Tractor Supply Co. was selling ducks, so he bought the duck,” Clay said. “Me and the duck just got like really close,” he said. “I’d say she likes me most.”
After he went to college, Lauren’s care fell to Hᴜɴᴛer and they became extremely close. Now, Lauren is living the high life for a duck—she has her own house and a kiddie pool in the Clay’s backyard, but also gets to come inside for snuggles with Hᴜɴᴛer.
Even better, Hᴜɴᴛer’s mom and sister happened to walk in while he was filming Lauren’s music video debut and they got in on the action too—for what has become many people’s favorite moment in the video. The video quickly went viral back in February on TikTok—racking up over 15 million views in no time—and then went viral again on Twitter.
“The duck was surprisingly photogenic with the video,” said Clay. “She was really well behaved throughout the whole thing.”
Clay also tweeted the video, where it got another 6 million views.
“I think it’s just because, first off, it’s a really happy TikTok, really good vibes, but also I think the duck throws a lot of people off,” said Clay. “It’s just like, it’s an ɪɴfᴇᴄᴛious mood — like, He has a duck that’s dancing.”
The whole fam jamming is also a favorite bit.
Clay said he and his family are happy to see Lauren bringing people happiness, but he also has a message for anyone who wants their own duck.
“If anyone hears this and is thinking of getting a duck, if you have a pretty good-sized backyard and you can fit a kiddie pool, you can do it,” he said. “But if you have an apartment, don’t get a duck.”