Footage of a Labrador being completely tricked by a duck has gone viral on Reddit, with many viewers amazed at the "Oscars-worthy" performance.

In the clip, which has been up-voted more than 44,000 times, the excited dog stands panting right next to a motionless duck who is playing dead in the grass.

The pooch waits while the duck lies on her front without moving a muscle the entire time.

Suddenly, the Labrador is distracted by something else and bounds off, at which point the duck leaps to her feet and scuttles away to safety with a surprising turn of speed.

The duck plays dead at the feet of the Labrador retriever
The duck plays dead at the feet of the Labrador retriever

The video was uploaded today, January 1, with the caption: "And the Academy Award goes to Duck."

People were quick to bury the comments section with puns, one person writing: "Ducked out of that one nicely."

Another person joked: "That dog should have suspected Fowl play."

Other viewers were surprised by the duck's guile and asked if it was a common way for them to avoid threats.

A viewer commented; "It’s really common, they will also fake a broken wing, flap around like they are wounded and lead predators away from their nests then when they are a safe distance fly off and circle back around to safety."

Sounding impressed, someone else wrote: "The way it waddles away at lightspeed!"

Labrador retrievers were originally bred to fetch things out of the water and were popular companions for hunters and fishermen.

This comes after a Labrador had to be rescued by firefighters when she swam for more than a kilometer chasing ducks and disappeared from the view of her panicking owner.