Oh man. We were all so excited. The world's largest rubber duck was going to grace the nation's fifth largest city.
And really, we needed this. The Phillies are historically terrible. The Sixers? Ugh. It rained SO much in May. We had something we could believe in. It was yellow, large, and known only as Mama.
And sure, there were warning signs. A few weeks ago, the organizers of the Tall Ships Festival wanted to inflate a 10-foot tall baby duck named Rocky for a photo op. But they had trouble. But we ignored that. Our hearts got in the way of our heads.
Don't even get us started on the long lines to tour the ships and the even longer lines to ride the RiverLink Ferry to see the ships moored on that side.
When city residents discovered that Mama Duck wasn't available for our viewing pleasure -- a fact many people didn't discover until after they paid for admission -- there was anger, and some of that anger was funny.
On Facebook, one commenter noted that the Mama Duck was "killed in Camden."
Tom Brady was spotted near the deflated giant rubber duck.— Drew McQuade (@creekmud) June 27, 2015
if ur having a bad day remember that my family just paid $35 to find out that the worlds largest rubber duck is deflated and not out today— scarlett (@vaughanbrooklyn) June 26, 2015
@TallShipsPC - the rubber duck was half deflated a few miles down the river & we didn't get to board a single boat.. Oh & it was my birthday— SixTwentyFive. (@MsChelseaMarie_) June 26, 2015
Just watched as a mother duck ate her dead baby duck ❤️😄— nesss (@vanessaakotlyar) June 29, 2015
Friend works on a tall ship: "Rumor at the festival was that the tow rope snapped and cut the duck's throat." Happy Tall Ships Fest everyone— Justin Klugh (@justin_klugh) June 29, 2015
When you take a lovely trip to Camden just to see the big rubber duck and the stupid duck is 1. Not in the river 2. Not inflated & it's ☔️— Bri Grandrimo (@BRIng_me_food) June 27, 2015
the big rubber duck never showed up in camden and that's why i have trust issues— Meghan Mc (@yomeghan) June 29, 2015