Florentijn Hofman’s Giant Rubber Ducky has stirred both emotions and controversy during its tour of Asia this year. While the massive inflatable bath toy has enchanted tens of thousands of viewers, it’s also made children cry in Hong Kong, faced censorship in China, and survived a supertyphoon in Taiwan.
Now, it seems the duck has met a rather untimely (and less than dignified) end, following a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that hit Taiwan Thursday. Taiwanese officials said that the quake caused the 59-foot sculpture to deflate while on display in Taoyuan township. When workers attempted to re-inflate the duck, its rear end exploded, “rendering it a flattened yellow disc floating on a pond.”