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Duck a la Fool: Star Aflac duck visits Motley Fool HQ


Alexandria's Motley Fool hosts business leaders and other economic thinkers from time to time. Today's guest was Dan Amos, chairman of Aflac, the supplemental insurance company.

But the real star of the day was the duck. (Pictured above with Amos and Fool co-founder David Gardner. I like how the duck is standing on a towel. In case it gets, you know, nervous.)

Along with the Geico gekko and Met Life's appropriation of Snoopy, the Aflac duck is one of your more recognizable non-human pitchmen. The duck enters the animal-pitchman hall of fame, along with Spuds McKenzie, the Budweiser frogs (and lizards) and the Bud Clydesdales. Though it never speaks, man, that duck can act.

Motley Fool spokesman Chris Hill reports that the duck quacked but of course it didn't sound like it does on TV. The TV Aflac duck is voiced by comedian Gilbert Gottfried, who has also lent his voice to non-human characters in "Aladdin," "Family Guy" and "Dr. Dolittle."

Aflac would not reveal the name of its duck. And Hill points out today was only the duck's second public appearance, the first coming at the New York Stock Exchange.

Motley Fool gives Aflac four out of five stars as an investment. Though it's worth noting that Fitch downgraded Aflac's issuer default rating from A+ to A earlier this year, citing overleverage.

By Frank Ahrens  |  May 27, 2010; 3:08 PM ET
Categories:  Corporations  
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