Hong Kong was in shock and deep sadness last night as revelations of the demise of the now-famous 16.5 meter tall yellow "Rubber Ducky" came to light, as the blogosphere and local media were swamped by pictures of Ducky listing pathetically and mournfully on his left side (assuming it's a he, CNBC has been unable to check the anatomy) in the harbor, looking bereft of breath, gaunt, and lifeless.
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The duck – which has come to symbolize a spark of levity and brightness in what has been an otherwise grey, humid, and dreary Spring – has only been here for a week and a half, after having been on a world tour including stops in Sao Paulo, Sydney, and Osaka. Hence, its demise was set to become a black mark of ultimate sadness in the annals of history in this city.
I spoke to Karen Tam, the Assistant General Manager at Harbour City Estates, which brought Ducky to Hong Kong as a promotion for its shopping mall adjacent to Ducky's resting spot. The following is a transcript of the conversation.
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