Droopy and wrinkled Beijing duck gets a breath of fresh air
BEIJING (REUTERS) - It would never have been allowed on the table in the home of Peking duck, but at least a giant rubber duck gracing a Beijing park will now have the taut, crisp skin required of its culinary peer after an urgent injection of air.
The 18-metre tall duck, on show at the Beijing International Expo, appeared wrinkled and its beak drooped, prompting a barrage of ridicule on the Internet, the official Xinhua news agency said on Sunday.
The duck, a copy of one designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman that had been on show in Hong Kong harbour in May, was reinflated late on Friday and its beak reassembled in an eight-hour operation, the report said.
"There were some flaws when inflating the duck, and we have adjusted it overnight," Mr Zeng Hui, deputy manager of the Beijing Design Week Organising Committee, told Xinhua.