Published on : Tuesday, January 7, 2014
The famous tourist attraction, a giant yellow duck on display at Taiwan’s Keelung Port did not really have much to look forward to this New Year. The Duck got deflated duck to some unknown reason at a time when tourists flock in Taiwan where the duck is a major attraction.
It is an 18-meter inflatable art installation created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman. The news of the demise of the duck has left the locals heartbroken. The incident occurred just 11 days after it arrived in Keelung City Harbor, the latest in a multi-city Taiwan tour for the celebrity bird.
The reason for this brutal tragedy is yet unknown and as the Taiwan media reported that it was ‘Murder most fowl’. A local tourist claimed that she saw an eagle scratching the rubber duck with its talons.
The meteorologists speculate an unseasonal dose of sunshine may have overheated the duck, disrupting its internal pressure after weeks of cold, rainy conditions, leading to its rupture.
Keelung City Council Speaker Huang Ching-ta apologized to the fans of the yellow rubber duck. The cause has yet to be determined.
The city is however planning to get another duck of the similar kind to replace the deflated one to keep the duck fans happy.
The duck has been immensely popular in cities all over the world where its different versions have travelled which include Beijing, Osaka, Sydney, Sao Paolo and Amsterdam.
The duck has been through a lot, in 2009 during a port call in Belgium, it was stabbed 42 times by a vandal.
In May of 2013, Hong Kong’s version of the giant duck mysteriously lost its mojo one night, leaving its deflated yellow shell bobbing lifelessly in Victoria Harbour.