In Chinese Zodiac, 2013 was the Year of the Black Water Snake, but in many ways, 2013 was also the year of the giant yellow duck. The 59-foot tall artwork first created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman in 2007 made a trip around the world and became a popular tourist attraction in many Asian countries.
As such, it’s only apt perhaps that the giant yellow duck went out of 2013 and celebrated the New Year with a bang.
A Quacked Up Celebration
A New Year’s Eve celebration in Taiwan was all “quacked up” after the giant inflatable duck suddenly burst on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, while docked in Keelung city. Crowds gathered nearby waiting for the start of the New Year countdown party were visibly shocked at the sudden deflation of the giant bath toy.
Preliminary investigation suggests that the rubber duck may have been attacked by eagles who scratched it with their claws.
Organizer Huang Jing-tai apologized for the deflation of the duck and the people’s hopes.
“We want to apologize to the fans of the yellow rubber duck…. the weather is fine today and we haven’t found the cause of the problem. We will carefully examine the duck to determine the cause,” he said, according to WPXI.com.
This is the third time the rubber duck has deflated while docked in Taiwan.