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Giant rubber duck swept away in China floodwaters

Photo courtesy: Flickr/Hiromitsy Morimoto

Photo courtesy: Flickr/Hiromitsy Morimoto


Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Friday, July 18, 2014, 6:04 PM - A giant yellow rubber duck in China's Nanming River has been swept away by floodwaters, according to the BBC.

The 18 metre sculpture is one of several by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman.

The installations are constructed out of 200 pieces of PVC and are intended to "spread joy around the world". Since their debut in 2007, giant rubber ducks have been spotted in France, Brazil, Australia and Vietnam, among other places.

Apparently, recent rainfall in China produced floodwaters strong enough to wash away one of the 1 tonne ducks, which was fastened to a 10 tonne metal platform and attached to the riverbed with steel wires.


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The duck allegedly disappeared around 7 p.m. local time on Wednesday following a large storm, local media reports.

"The duck flopped over and was flushed away really quickly by the torrential flood," exhibition co-ordinator Yan Jianxin told the Wall Street Journal.

"It disappeared right in front of me."

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