Giant rubber duck explodes
What does the duck say?
"Bang!" apparently – at least if recent events in Taiwan are anything to go by.
The five-storey inflatable rubber duck suddenly exploded while on display in the port at Keelung.
Video shows the iconic yellow sculpture, the work of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, being torn apart by the blast and collapsing in seconds.
"We want to apologise to the fans of the yellow rubber duck ... We will carefully examine the duck to determine the cause," organiser Huang Jing-tai said.
It is the latest in a series of recent unfortunate duck-related incidents in the region.
In November, one of the ducks fell victim to an earthquake in Taiwan, gently subsiding on to the surface of a lake. Deflated local duck fans called for a 10-second silence to mark its demise.
Then in Osaka in October another lame duck briefly ended up stuck under a bridge.
Hofman has made at least a dozen of the birds, each with a different "face" to display around the world.
"The rubber duck knows no frontiers, it doesn't discriminate people and doesn't have a political connotation," says a statement on the artist's website. "The rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!"
In 2013, one of the ducks delighted thousands of visitors to the Sydney Festival after it was installed in a corner of Darling Harbour. This year it is due to make a splash on the Parramatta River between Pavilion Flat and Government Farm in Parramatta Park from January 10 to 19.
Festival director Lieven Bertels said organisers were going to great lengths to ensure there would be no feathers flying in Parramatta, even employing a dedicated duck wrangler.
"We are constantly monitoring the wind speed around the duck and the air pressure and temperature inside, with a designated duck minder who carries a duck phone 24/7," he said.
"There's even an emergency plan for extreme weather conditions, so we do take our animal care job quite seriously at Sydney Festival. Fingers crossed for a happy duck in Parramatta."
Sydney Morning Herald