Our favourite giant yellow rubber ducky is missing.
The 59-foot, 500kg inflatable sculpture by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, made famous by waddling around at various harbour hotspots around the world including San Paolo, Sydney Harbour for the annual Sydney Festival and Victoria Harbour in Auckland, was last seen at Guiyang’s Nanming River in China, but is believed to have been swept away by the ferocious floodwaters in China’s Guizhou Province.
“The duck flopped over and was flushed away really quickly by the torrential flood,” said exhibition co-ordinator Yan Jianxin. “It disappeared right in front of me.”
Local radio stations are rallying for people to search for the beloved orange-billed duck and call in with any details.
It’s not the first tragedy to befall the famous team of inflatable yellow heroes, whose touring schedule is more frantic than most rock bands. Only a few months ago, one duck exploded only days after being installed in a Taiwanese port. The duck’s sudden death still remains a mystery.