The giant rubber duck which once sailed proudly through Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour has drowned.

The city's new resident met its ignoble end on Wednesday, deflating into a soggy yellow pancake overnight.

There was no immediate diagnosis to explain the duck's demise, but residents of the city have been relentlessly snapping the sorry yellow splat, speculating wildly about the reasons behind its watery end.

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An embarrassing end for ducky

Organisers didn't release a statement about the duck until much much later in the day, prompting accusations of fowl play.

Although they said it was a planned deflation, according to CNN, some suggested the duck's past troubled travels had caught up with it. Perhaps an angry chick taking revenge or death by hoisin?

The 54ft inflatable sculpture has also been spotted in Osaka, Sydney, Sao Paolo and Amsterdam.
In Belgium, during a port call in Belgium, it was stabbed 42 times by a vandal.

It was created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman and was meant to be on show until 9 June.

Bingo company Jackpot joy even ripped off the stunt to stage a giant rubber duck sailing down the Thames last November.

Click below to see more pictures of the duck both deflated and in happier times.

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  • A deflated rubber duck created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman is lifted up at Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor Wednesday, May 15, 2013. The 16.5-meter (54-foot)-tall inflatable rubber duck which attracted visitors to the harbor, has been deflated since Tuesday evening. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

  • A woman takes a picture of a deflated Rubber Duck created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman in Hong Kong Victoria Harbor Wednesday, May 15, 2013. The 16.5-meter (54-foot)-tall inflatable Rubber Duck which attracted visitors to the harbor, has been deflated since Tuesday evening. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

  • Visitors take pictures of a deflated rubber duck created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman at Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor Wednesday, May 15, 2013. The 16.5-meter (54-foot)-tall inflatable rubber duck which attracted visitors to the harbor, has been deflated since Tuesday evening. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

  • A worker stands on a deflated rubber duck created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor Wednesday, May 15, 2013. The 16.5-meter (54-foot)-tall inflatable rubber duck which attracted visitors to the harbor, has been deflated since Tuesday evening. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

  • Visitors take pictures of a deflated rubber duck created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman at Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor Tuesday, May 15, 2013. The 16.5-meter (54-foot)-tall inflatable rubber duck which attracted visitors to the harbor, has been deflated since Tuesday evening. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

  • A deflated Rubber Duck created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman floats on the water at Hong Kong Victoria Harbor Tuesday, May 15, 2013. The 16.5-meter (54-foot)-tall inflatable Rubber Duck which attracted visitors to the harbor, has been deflated since Tuesday evening. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

  • A 16.5-meter(650-inch)-high giant Rubber Duck created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman is towed along Hong Kong's Victoria Habour Thursday, May 2, 2013. Since 2007 the Rubber Duck has traveled to various cites including Osaka, Sydney, Sao Paulo and Amsterdam. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

  • A 16.5-meter(650-inch)-high giant Rubber Duck created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman is towed along Hong Kong's Victoria Habour Thursday, May 2, 2013. Since 2007 the Rubber Duck has traveled to various cites including Osaka, Sydney, Sao Paulo and Amsterdam. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

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    Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman poses with his creation, a giant Rubber Duck in Hong Kong Thursday, May 2, 2013. Since 2007 the 16.5-meter (54-feet)-tall Rubber Duck has traveled to various cites including Osaka, Sydney, Sao Paulo and Amsterdam. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

  • A giant Rubber Duck created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman is towed along Hong Kong's Victoria Habour Thursday, May 2, 2013. Since 2007 the 16.5-meter (54-f44t)-tall Rubber Duck has traveled to various cites including Osaka, Sydney, Sao Paulo and Amsterdam. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

  • A giant Rubber Duck created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman is towed along Hong Kong's Victoria Habour Thursday, May 2, 2013. Since 2007 the 16.5-meter (54-foot)-tall Rubber Duck has traveled to various cites including Osaka, Sydney, Sao Paulo and Amsterdam. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

  • A giant Rubber Duck created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman is towed along Hong Kong's Victoria Habour Thursday, May 2, 2013. Since 2007 the 16.5-meter (54-feet)-tall Rubber Duck has traveled to various cites including Osaka, Sydney, Sao Paulo and Amsterdam. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

  • A giant Rubber Duck created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman is towed along Hong Kong's Victoria Habour Thursday, May 2, 2013. Since 2007 the 16.5-meter (54-foot)-tall Rubber Duck has traveled to various cites including Osaka, Sydney, Sao Paulo and Amsterdam. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

  • A giant Rubber Duck created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman is towed along Hong Kong's Victoria Habour Thursday, May 2, 2013. Since 2007 the 16.5-meter (54 feet)-tall Rubber Duck has traveled to various cites including Osaka, Sydney, Sao Paulo and Amsterdam. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

  • 50ft duck on the Thames

    A giant 50 foot rubber duck floats down the Thames to celebrate the launch of Jackpotjoy.com's new Facebook Fundation, a bursary granting funds and rewards for daft ideas to encourage Brits to have more fun.

  • 50ft duck on the Thames

    A giant 50 foot rubber duck floats down the Thames to celebrate the launch of Jackpotjoy.com's new Facebook Fundation, a bursary granting funds and rewards for daft ideas to encourage Brits to have more fun.

  • 2013 Sydney Festival Launches

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 05: Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's giant Rubber Duck enters Cockle Bay Wharf on opening day of the Sydney Festival January 5, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney festival opening, previously 'Sydney Festival First Night', was scaled back from previous years, when crowds reached as many as 60,000 for the launch. (Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Sydney Festival Launches

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 05: Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's giant Rubber Duck enters Cockle Bay Wharf on opening day of the Sydney Festival January 5, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney festival opening, previously 'Sydney Festival First Night', was scaled back from previous years, when crowds reached as many as 60,000 for the launch. (Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Sydney Festival Launches

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 05: Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's giant Rubber Duck enters Cockle Bay Wharf on opening day of the Sydney Festival January 5, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney festival opening, previously 'Sydney Festival First Night', was scaled back from previous years, when crowds reached as many as 60,000 for the launch. (Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Sydney Festival Launches

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 05: Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's giant Rubber Duck enters Cockle Bay Wharf on opening day of the Sydney Festival January 5, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney festival opening, previously 'Sydney Festival First Night', was scaled back from previous years, when crowds reached as many as 60,000 for the launch. (Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Sydney Festival Launches

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 05: Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's giant Rubber Duck enters Cockle Bay Wharf on opening day of the Sydney Festival January 5, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney festival opening, previously 'Sydney Festival First Night', was scaled back from previous years, when crowds reached as many as 60,000 for the launch. (Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images)

  • 2013 Sydney Festival Launches

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 05: Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's giant Rubber Duck enters Cockle Bay Wharf on opening day of the Sydney Festival January 5, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney festival opening, previously 'Sydney Festival First Night', was scaled back from previous years, when crowds reached as many as 60,000 for the launch. (Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images)

  • PA Picture Review of the Year 2012

    File photo dated 11/12/12 of a giant 50 foot rubber duck floating down the Thames to celebrate the launch of Jackpotjoy.com's new Facebook Fundation, a bursary granting funds and rewards for daft ideas to encourage Brits to have more fun.