Giant inflatable rubber duck bursts in Taiwan harbor

Jan. 1, 2014 at 1:33 PM   |   0 comments

KEELUNG, Taiwan, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Officials in Taiwan said they were trying to determine why a 60-foot-tall inflatable rubber duck created by a Dutch artist burst and deflated in Keelung Port.

Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's Rubber Duck installation, which arrived in Keelung City Harbor in late December, burst and deflated Tuesday, 11 days after it was installed, CNN reported Wednesday.

"We want to apologize to the fans of the yellow rubber duck," Keelung City Council Speaker Huang Ching-ta said. "We haven't found the cause of the burst. We will carefully examine the duck to determine the cause."

A tourist visiting the duck said she saw the duck get scratched by the talons of a bird that may have been an eagle, while a meteorologist said the unseasonal sunshine after several weeks of cold and rain may have disrupted the duck's internal pressure.

Officials said a replacement duck will be brought in and installed as soon as possible.

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