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A massive inflatable duck, meant to be a big attraction for a New Year's Eve celebration in Taiwan, deflated suddenly a few hours before a big festival was scheduled to begin.

According to the Huffington Post, the 59-foot duck was intended to lead the countdown to the new year.

And then it exploded.

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 deflation of the duck, originally designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, elicited a response from organizers.

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.

Carter Nacke, Web Content Editor - KTAR.com/ArizonaSports.com

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