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Giant rubber duck no match for foul weather, deflated in L.A. harbor

Giant rubber duck no match for high winds, deflated until next week
Giant rubber duck has to be deflated because of strong winds, to return next week

Turns out the giant rubber duck docked at Los Angeles harbor is no match for foul weather.

The six-story tall bathtub toy that’s been stationed at the Port of Los Angeles since last week was scheduled to pay a visit to Wilmington on Thursday and Friday but had to be deflated due to strong winds, KNBC-TV reported.

In its place, a 10-foot duckling is available for viewing Friday, the station reported.

After the Labor Day holiday, the full-scale version will reappear Tuesday at San Pedro's Downtown Harbor from noon to 8 p.m. for Save a Bird Day sponsored by International Bird Rescue, according to the Port of Los Angeles website.

Dubbed the world's largest rubber duck, the giant inflatable was created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman.

"The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties," Hofman said on the event's website. "It can relieve the world's tensions as well as define them."

Thursday wasn’t the first time the giant duck has been deflated. Video on YouTube shows the duck deflated after an earthquake in Taiwan and mysteriously overnight in Hong Kong.

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