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Giant Inflatable Duck Explodes In Taiwan Hours Before New Year's Countdown

01/01/2014 05:18 pm ET | Updated Jan 23, 2014

A New Year's Eve celebration in Taiwan was all "quacked up" after a giant inflatable duck exploded hours before the countdown

The 59-foot-tall duck created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman was supposed to countdown the New Year in the city of Keelung.

But it burst around noon and deflated into a floating yellow disc in the harbor, according to the Straits Times.

Preliminary investigation into the birdbrained matter suggested the rubber duck may have been attacked by eagles who scratched it with the claws, NineMSN.com reported.

The snafu forced organizer Huang Jing-tai to apologize for deflating people's hopes.

"We want to apologize to the fans of the yellow rubber duck.... the weather is fine today and we haven't found the cause of the problem. We will carefully examine the duck to determine the cause," he said, according to WPXI.com.

Last month, a duck on display in Taoyuan county after a power outage triggered by a 6.3-magnitude earthquake caused an air pump to stop working.

In September, a giant duck at Kaohsiung was temporarily deflated and lifted ashore as a safety precaution when Typhoon Usagi pounded the island.

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