50-Foot Duck: Watch Giant Rubber Ducky Sail Along Thames River [VIDEO]

By Melissa Siegel on December 12, 2012 1:28 PM EST

50-foot duck
The 50-foot rubber duck sailed along the Thames River on Tuesday. (Photo: YouTube screenshot)

A 50-foot duck was placed in the Thames river as part of a publicity stunt by the company Jackpotjoy.

According to UPI, the 50-foot rubber duck was part of a campaign for Jackpotjoy's FUNdation, which aims to end the "current happiness recession" in England.

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"We're sending the duck to sail to spread some silly fun and laughter throughout the city," said Barbara Windsor, a patron of the FUNdation, in a video posted on YouTube.

According to Jackpotjoy's Facebook page, the 50-foot duck is twice as tall as a house and three times as tall as a double-decker bus.

"The duck's behaved impeccably. It looked great. It may look unusual, but to us it's a regular day in the office," said Nick Runeckles in the video.

Jackpotjoy is England's most popular online Bingo site, according to the company's Facebook page. It also offers classic slot games and other casino contests like blackjack and roulette.

The FUNdation initiative aims to enact other crazy ideas for having fun besides this 50-foot duck. The Jackpotjoy Facebook page calls for citizens to submit their own wacky concepts for the company to perform. Current suggestions on the website include dressing a Tiki monkey as Santa and creating a flash mob of giant penguins performing the viral hit "Gangnam Style."

Sadly, those looking to spot the 50-foot duck for themselves will be sorely disappointed. A woman named Annie Kendall Hicks asked Jackpotjoy how long the duck will be around. But the company replied, "I'm afraid the Duck is already hibernating for the winter. Who knows when we'll see him again? But should we find out, we'll let you know."

You can watch the video of the 50-foot duck below.

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