A search team in Guizhou is now hunting for its beloved inflatable yellow duck that went missing during a rainstorm yesterday, as the provincial government has offered an award to anyone who might be able to supply information on its whereabouts.
The 54-foot-tall floating installment is, of course, the prized creation of one Florentijn Hofman, who hasn’t been shy in expressing his displeasure over treatment of the duck as it has toured across Asia.
Yet again, the bird saw its fate decided by the will of mother nature and was whisked away on Wednesday as 201.7 millimeters of rain swept through Guizhou over a span of 24 hours.
Yan Jianxin, who helped coordinate the duck exhibition, gave Wall Street Journal the grisly details:
“The duck flopped over and was flushed away really quickly by the torrential flood. It disappeared right in front of me in several seconds […]
“The duck itself weighed around one ton, together with its over 10-ton floating metal platform, and several steel wires fixing it to the bottom of the river,” said Mr. Yan. All those preparations, though, “didn’t stop it from being flushed away by the flood.”
Yan’s duck hunt has so far yielded no results, but locals joining in the search have been urged by local radio stations to ‘step up the hunt’, saying “If you live along the river and see an 18-meter tall big yellow duck, please call 5961027.”
Hofman could not be reached for comment, but rest assured there is a back-up order from an authorized Taiwan maker on its way in case the unthinkable has happened.
Godspeed, little duck.