01/07/2014 04:08 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Veteran Paul Wilkie Walks His Ducks To Help Cope With PTSD

Maybe the down calms him down.

British Army veteran Paul Wilkie served for 22 years as a bomb disposal officer in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. The Scottish Daily Record reports that Wilkie's pet ducks help him cope with his PTSD, feather he's caring for them in his home or making sure they get exercise outside.

"I won’t go into too much detail, but I saw children playing with mines and getting killed," Wilkie said. “Every night I go to sleep, I have to relive that horrible experience. “I’m getting it under control now, thanks to the ducks."

Wilkie can be seen walking his ducks in Guildtown, Scotland.

It's not quackers if it works, as the Courier's Dave Lord writes.

Other combat vets have used ducks to help them relieve stress, but not quite in the same way Wilkie does. In November, Sacramento's Fox40 reported on a group of soldiers who go duck hunting as part of their PTSD therapy.



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