Duck hunt underway in China; 54-foot rubber duck missing
BEIJING, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 26: An 18-meter high rubber duck sits in the Summer Palace Kunming Lake on September 26, 2013 in Beijing, China, after touring 13 cities in 10 countries. The giant rubber duck was designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images) Image by Getty Images
Have you seen China's 54-foot rubber ducky?
After touring 13 cities in 10 countries, the giant duck, designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, has unbelievably vanished from a river in China's southwestern Guiyang city.
"On Wednesday evening, after floating peacefully for a couple weeks, the duck was lashed by a heavy storm," reports The Wall Street Journal. "In recent days, floods have hit cities in central and southwestern China, killing at least 32 and displacing tens of thousands."
According to The Wall Street Journal, "The duck flopped over and was flushed away really quickly by the torrential flood. It disappeared right in front of me in several seconds,” Yan Jianxin, coordinator of the duck art exhibition in China, explained to China Real Time. “The duck itself weighed around one ton, together with its over 10-ton floating metal platform, and several steel wires fixing it to the bottom of the river."
A back-up duck is expected in two days from an authorized Taiwan maker in case the original duck should be found damaged, and or never found at all.